Want to Blow Joe Arpaio's Head Off? You'll Get Arrested for Saying That
Deputies from the Maricopa County Sheriff's Office are
taking a vacation tracking down a wanted man in Southern California this week, after yet another non-credible "death threat" was directed at Sheriff Joe Arpaio.
It appears that saying you "want" to blow Arpaio's head off is the same thing as threatening to do so, at least in the eyes of the MCSO.
There's an arrest warrant out for 22-year-old Culver City, California, resident Caesar David Nunez, for allegedly saying in April, "I want to personally blow Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio's head off."
MCSO Deputy Joaquin Enriquez tells New Times that this threat came in the form of a tweet.
This isn't the first time deputies went trolling the Internet for anti-Arpaio comments, as Scottsdale resident Ignacio Carbajal allegedly said he would kill Arpaio in a Facebook post in February.
Carbajal allegedly posted, in part, "He should see the color of his skin and where he comes from . . . stupid motherfucker . . . let's kill him. I will kill him for free. I am going to Arizona to kill that asshole."
That seems a little different, but Arpaio issued the press release explaining that this is just the latest in a long line of threats. Of course, there's no mention that they're all bogus.
A law-enforcement source played down the danger of a suspicious package sent to Arpaio in April. Arpaio was grandstanding about avoiding being blown up by a bomb that his "good sources" indicated was sent by a drug cartel. Our source stated that the package had all the parts required to make an explosion, but investigators couldn't even tell if it would have blown up.
It was described as "not a very sophisticated device."
Arpaio's press release also cites Adam Eugene Cox, the guy from Tennessee who claimed Satan ordered him to kill Alan Keyes, Herman Cain, and Michael Savage. Oh, and Arpaio, too -- but none of the other figures made a stink out of it, like Arpaio did.
The press release also repeated the bogus claim that drug cartels try to off the elderly sheriff every so often.
Then there's always James Brian Saville, who was arrested by MCSO in 1999 after the Sheriff's Office essentially set up the entire bomb-plot to assassinate Arpaio for him. (Saville later got settlement for that one.)
Now, there's a warrant for Nunez's arrest, which apparently requires MCSO deputies in SoCal.
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