FBI arrests Albany man accused of threatening public official over vaccine
ALBANY, Ore. (KTVZ) – FBI agents, assisted by Albany Police, on Wednesday arrested a 64-year-old Albany man on charges of interstate threat transmission and stalking over violent threats that were allegedly made against an Oregon public official.
David Scott Ryder’s alleged threats included three emails between August 10 and 23, as well as a voicemail message left on a desk phone on August 23.
Some of the statements included:
- “… all the people who won’t get your FAKE [expletive] vaccine are the same ones you will see hanging yourself in a public place for crimes against America. Resign today !!! “
- “I wish you would show your face, you punk!” I would take your VALUABLE SOUL from you. [Expletive] ALL DEMOCRAT COMMUNISTS like you. Resign today! I would love to have my [expletive] hands around neck SCUM !!! “
- “… if you don’t call me back I will start sending threats and then we will have some of your [expletive] little cop friends here to see me and i will [expletive] kill them. They come in my [expletive] Court. Anyone from the state or the federal government comes to my yard, I will kill them.
Ryder made his first appearance before a U.S. investigating judge on Wednesday. The judge ordered his release pending further legal proceedings, the FBI said. The name of the official was not disclosed.
“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 Division of the FBI. âAnyone with information about threats of criminal activity or violence should contact the FBI at 1-800-CALL-FBI or online at tips.fbi.gov. “