A man was arrested north of New York City for issuing terrorist threats against Governor Andrew Cuomo and Mayor Michael Bloomberg, harassment, and having an arsenal of weapons: two rifles, a sword, body armor, a set of brass knuckles with a knife attached to it, bayonets, and ammunition.
Clarkstown Police told CBS New York that the suspect, 49-year-old Lawrence Mulqueen, was arraigned on Thursday.
Authorities were tipped to his Facebook page, where he made the alleged threats against the New York officials, after his landlady called the police. She told the station that he was harassing her and when police arrived, she told them about Mulqueen’s pseudonym-using Facebook page.
He also issued threats against Sen. Charles Schumer, Rep. Nita Lowey, Rep. Nancy Pelosi, and Sen. Harry Reid, writing that he was “anxious to start killing various public officials,” reported Lohud.com.
“I think what may have particularly have gotten his ire in the past month or two were the various legislations enacted with respect to the rights to possess a firearm. I think that was particularly upsetting to him,” Clarkstown Police Sgt. Glenn Cummings told CBS. “One posting which was posted about a month ago said that if anybody ever came to take the arms, they would suffer the consequences.”
Cummings added: “I cant say what his intentions were or how serious his threats were. It’s better to be pre-emptive about these things rather than wait,” Lohud.com reported.
Police told News12 in Westchester that Mulqueen has a felony record. This means he would have been prohibited from owning the weapons.
His landlady, who was not named, told News12 that she became more and more worried about him, which prompted her to call local authorities.
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