Robert Darrell Chain, a 68-year-old resident of California, was arrested on August 30th after threatening journalists working at the Boston Globe.
The suspect was reportedly outraged when an editorial page was posted in the newspaper. The editorial called on multiple media outlets and journalists to unite together against President Trump’s alleged angry rhetoric against members of the press. The editorial slammed the president for calling reporters the “enemy of the people.”
Upon reading the editorial, Robert Chain called the Boston Globe’s main newsroom number over 14 times between August 10th and 22nd. The Boston Globe alerted authorities as the messages became more profane and threatening. Many employees of the newspaper reported feeling scared. After one of the treats, Boston police officers decided to patrol the newspaper’s office building for protection.
The FBI became involved in investigating the messages, and they determined that all the threats were coming from one person. The increasingly disturbing messages came to a head when the caller stated, “We are going to shoot you in the head…shoot every one of you.” Three days later, he again called and stated, “We’re going to kill every one of you.”
An FBI SWAT team descended on the suspect’s home when they traced the phone calls back to his landline. Incredibly, the team found over 20 guns located throughout Chain’s residence. He was arrested and charged with making a threatening communication in interstate commerce, but he was released on a $50,000 bond. If convicted, then Chain may face up to five years in jail.