California Man Charged With Making Threats Directed Against A New York City-Based U.S. Congressman And A Journalist, Citing Their Statements About The Results Of The 2020 Presidential Election
...Audrey Strauss, U.S. Attorney for the Southern District of New York, William F. Sweeney Jr., [et al], announced that ROBERT LEMKE was arrested today based on a criminal Complaint filed in Manhattan federal court charging LEMKE with making threatening interstate communications. LEMKE allegedly sent threatening text messages on January 6, 2021 to family members of a New York City-based U.S. Congressman (the "Congressman") and a New York City-based family member of a journalist (the "Journalist")....
As alleged in the Complaint unsealed in Manhattan federal court:
On January 6, 2021, the same day that individuals purporting to protest the 2020 Presidential Election gathered in Washington, D.C. and stormed the Capitol Building, ROBERT LEMKE sent threatening text messages to the brother of the New York City-based Congressman, citing the Congressman's statements about the results of the 2020 Presidential Election. LEMKE's text messages, which included a picture of a home in the same neighborhood as the home of the Congressman's brother, stated:
Your brother is putting your entire family at risk with his lies and other words. We are armed and nearby your house. You had better have a word with him. We are not far from his either. Already spoke to [the Congressman's son] and know where his kids are.
. . . your words have consequences. Stop telling lies; Biden did not win, he will not be president. We are not white supremacists. Most of us are active/retired law enforcement or military. You are putting your family at risk. We have armed members near your home . . . . . Don't risk their safety with your words and lies.
Also on January 6, 2021, LEMKE sent threatening text messages to the Congressman's sister-in-law, stating: "calm your husband down . . . . We saw on the hidden camera, he was quite stirred up. You need to have him talk to [the Congressman]."
In addition, also on January 6, 2021, LEMKE sent threatening text messages to a relative of the Journalist, stating: "[The Journalist's] words are putting you and your family at risk. We are nearby armed and ready. Thousands of us are active/retired law enforcement, military, etc. That's how we do it."
LEMKE's Facebook account has...