(KLTV) - A Beverly, MA man was arrested today in connection with mailing five threatening letters, containing suspicious white powder to high-profile individuals including Donald J. Trump Jr.
According to the Department of Justice, U.S. Attorney's Office in the District of Massachusetts, Daniel Frisiello, 24, was charged in a criminal complaint with five counts of mailing a threat to injure the person of another and five counts of false information and hoaxes. Frisiello was arrested this morning and will appear in federal court in Worcester this afternoon.
As alleged in court documents, law enforcement has connected Frisiello to at least five incidents of high-profile individuals around the country who received an envelope that bore a Boston postmark, containing suspicious white powder and a note indicating or implying that the powder was dangerous or intended to cause harm.
It is alleged that the first envelope was addressed to "Donald trump Jr," the son of President Trump, and was postmarked in Boston on Feb. 7, 2018.
According to the release by the Department of Justice, the addressee's wife opened the envelope, which contained an unknown suspicious white powder, and the following printed message: You are an awful, awful person, I am surprised that your father lets you speak on TV. You make the family idiot, Eric, look smart. This is the reason why people hate you, so you are getting what you deserve. So shut the **** UP!
The second envelope was addressed to Nicola T. Hanna, the Interim United States Attorney for the Central District of California. Also postmarked in Boston on Feb. 7, 2018, the envelope contained an unknown suspicious white powder, which spilled out when it was opened. The letter inside the envelope bore the following printed message: That's for murdering Mark Salling! I Hope you end up the same place as Salling.
Subsequent envelopes containing threatening letters were mailed to Michele Dauber, a Professor of Law at Stanford University; U.S. Senator Deborah Stabenow of Michigan; and Antonio Sabato Jr., who is running for a congressional seat in California, according to the release. All five envelopes contained an unknown powdered substance, which was determined to be nonhazardous.
Further investigation revealed that Professor Dauber was also sent a "glitter bomb." A glitter bomb is a letter containing glitter sent to an unsuspecting individual that, when opened, spills out onto the recipient. Law enforcement traced financial records to Frisiello who ordered and paid for the glitter bomb to be delivered to Dauber, according to the release. Furthermore, on Feb. 21, 2018, agents recovered trash from Frisiello's residence that appeared to contain remnants of the cut-out messages that Frisiello allegedly sent to the victims.
The charge of mailing a threat to injure the person of another provides for a sentence of no greater than five years in prison, 10 years in prison for threats addressed to a federal official, three years of supervised release and a fine of $250,000. The charge of false information and hoaxes provides for a sentence of no greater than five years in prison, three years of supervised release and a fine of $250,000.