FBI: Albany man arrested for threatening Oregon official | Local


The FBI has arrested an Albany man for allegedly threatening an Oregon official regarding COVID-19 vaccines and other issues.

David Scott Ryder, 64, was arrested Wednesday morning for interstate transmission of a threat and harassment, according to an FBI statement. The Albany Police Department helped take Ryder into custody.

The threats included three email messages between August 10 and August 23, as well as a voicemail message left on a desk phone on August 23.

Among the statements allegedly made by Ryder, according to the FBI:

• “…all the people who will not receive your FAKE (expletive) vaccine are the same people you will see hanged in a public place for crimes against America.”

• “I’d like you to show your face, you punk! I’ll take your VALUELESS SOUL. (Expletive) ALL DEMOCRATIC COMMUNISTS like you. Quit today! I’d love to put my (expletive) hands around your neck SCUM!!!”

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• “…if you don’t call me back, I’ll start sending threats, then we’ll get some of your (expletive) little cop friends here to see me and I’ll (expletive) kill them. They come to my (expletive) yard. Anyone from the state or the federal government that enters my yard, I kill them. »

Ryder made his first appearance before a U.S. magistrate on Wednesday and the judge ordered his release pending further court proceedings.

“Threats of any kind against a public official are not acceptable in this country,” said Kieran L. Ramsey, special agent in charge of the Portland field office for the FBI.

“Anyone with information about a threat of criminal activity or violence should contact the FBI at 1-800-CALL-FBI or online at tips.fbi.gov“, added Ramsey.

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