Vaccine threats against public official in Oregon lead to arrest on federal charges, FBI says
Kale Williams / Oregonlive.com / (TNS)
A 64-year-old Albany man faces federal charges after the FBI said he threatened an unnamed Oregon public official about the COVID-19 vaccine, court documents show.
The FBI was informed late last month of a series of threatening messages sent to the official via email and voicemail, according to court documents.
Officers arrested David Scott Ryder on Wednesday for interstate transmission of a threat and stalking, the FBI said.
“Threats of any kind against a public official are not acceptable in this country,” Kieran Ramsey, special agent in charge of the FBI in Oregon, said in a statement. The FBI and the US attorney’s office declined to say which official was the subject of the threats.
Among the messages, according to the probable cause affidavit naming Ryder:
“All the people who won’t get your FALSE (expletive) vaccine are the same people you’ll see hanged in a public place for crimes against America. Resign today !!! “Ryder reportedly wrote in an August 19 email to the manager. In another email three days later, Ryder said he wanted to” put my (expletive) hands around your neck SCUM !!! ”the complaint alleges.
Ten days later, according to the government, Ryder wrote: “(yes, that’s a (expletive) threat)” and “Resign today to avoid ***”.
The web form used to submit the messages required users to enter credentials and the emails were sent using the name “David Ryden” and an address registered at Ryder in Albany, according to the complaint.
On August 23, Ryder left a 90-second voicemail message threatening to kill any police officer who might come “to see me,” according to court documents.
The FBI filed an emergency disclosure request with Verizon and located its location near the address provided with the emails, prosecutors said. At around 6:30 a.m. Wednesday, FBI agents served a search warrant at Ryder’s home, where he was taken into custody.
Several weapons – three rifles and a handgun – as well as “hundreds” of cartridges were discovered on the property, according to court documents.
Ryder read his rights to Miranda, but admitted to sending the messages, an FBI agent wrote in the probable cause affidavit.
“Ryder said he was so angry and these messages were his outlet,” the agent wrote, adding that Ryder had said he would never hurt anyone.
Ryder appeared before a U.S. magistrate in Eugene and was released pending further legal proceedings, the FBI said.