Robert D. Chain, a 68-year-old Encino, California man, was arrested on Thursday, August 30, and charged with making violent threats to employees at the Boston Globe in retaliation for the newspaper’s editorial campaign against political attacks on the media, officials said.
According to officials at the U.S. Department of Justice, Chain was taken into custody on one count making threatening communications in interstate commerce.
Back on August 16, Chain allegedly called the Boston Globe newsroom and threatened to “shoot employees in the head ‘later today, at 4 o’clock.'” Following the call, local law enforcement responded to the Boston Globe’s offices and maintained a presence outside the building.
Chain allegedly called the Boston Globe “the enemy of the people”, a phrase used repeatedly by President Trump to describe the free press:
I just cannot state strongly enough how totally dishonest much of the Media is. Truth doesn’t matter to them, they only have their hatred & agenda. This includes fake books, which come out about me all the time, always anonymous sources, and are pure fiction. Enemy of the People!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) August 30, 2018
Chain allegedly made a total of 14 threatening phone calls to the Globe newsroom between Aug. 10 and Aug. 22, saying he was going to shoot employees in the head.
On Aug. 10, Globe officials announced that the newspaper was spearheading an editorial response to political attacks on the media and encouraged other news organizations to participate. More than 400 news organizations around the country participated in the effort.
In a statement, Harold Shaw — a special agent in charge of the FBI’s Boston Division — said: “Today’s arrest of Robert Chain should serve a warning to others, that making threats is not a prank, it’s a federal crime.”
You can read the full statement from the Department of Justice below:
JUST IN: Calif. man arrested and charged with allegedly making violent threats against Boston Globe employees “in retaliation for the newspaper’s editorial response to political attacks on the media,” US Justice Dept. says. pic.twitter.com/rEouwtoezf
— NBC News (@NBCNews) August 30, 2018