Lawrence Mulqueen Arraigned: Man Found With Massive Arsenal, Made Death Threats to Obama, Members of Congress on Facebook
Feb 21, 2013 05:24 PM EST
Lawrence Mulqueen, the man who made several death threats on Facebook against New York Governor Andrew Cuomo, New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg, several members of Congress and all supporters of President Barack Obama, was found with an arsenal in his home, according to the Associated Press.
Police were called to Mulqueen's residence on Wednesday after his landlady said he was harassing her. The landlady tipped police to Mulqueen's alleged threats, which Cummings said were made on Facebook under a pseudonym.
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When investigators searched the man's home, they found two rifles, bayonets, ammunition, body armor, a sword and a knuckle knife, Clarkstown police Sgt. Glenn Cummings. The weapons were illegal because the suspect was a convicted felon, Cummings said.
The 49-year-old Nanuet resident, was arraigned Thursday on charges of making terroristic threats, illegally possessing weapons and harassment.
According to Cummings, Mulqueen said he was eager to start killing officeholders including Cuomo, Bloomberg, Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi, Sen. Charles Schumer, Rep. Nita Lowey and members of the Congressional Black Caucus. Mulqueen was soon taken into custody.
"We thought it would be better to be pre-emptive than maybe have something go wrong and think we should have handled it differently," Cummings said.
Police said Mulqueen also stated that he wanted all of Obama's followers dead, calling them "traitor scum."
"Death to them all," Mulqueen wrote, according to the police report.
There were also threats against law enforcement, police said. The FBI was called and a search warrant was obtained, based in part on statements Mulqueen made after his arrest, police said.
At his arraignment in Clarkstown Justice Court in New City, Mulqueen was sent to jail until another court appearance Monday. A court clerk said no defense lawyer was listed in court records.