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Man Arrested For Threatening Governor Sununu In Connection With Threats To Jewish Community

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New Hampshire authorities and the FBI announced that a man was arrested today for allegedly threatening Gov. Chris Sununu, in connection with online statements targeted to the state's Jewish community.

Brian Roberts, 38, of Concord, was charged with a class A misdemeanor charge of criminal threatening, according to the New Hampshire Attorney General's office. 

He is charged with knowingly threatening "to commit any crime against the person of another with a purpose to terrorize any person."

The AG said Roberts sent an email Nov. 30 to the CIA's website, in which he stated, "Going to shoot Gov state of NH no matter what."

The investigation began when CIA officials informed the Concord Police Department about the messages linked to the email account. The state said the email account included both the specific threat to Sununu as well as statements of hatred toward the Jewish community.

The AG says further charges are possible, such as possible violations of the Civil Rights Act.

The FBI's Joint Terrorism Task Force helped local, state and federal law enforcement investigators to identify Roberts, AG Gordon MacDonald said in the announcement.

Roberts is scheduled to be arraigned Wednesday in Concord.

In a statement, Sununu said, “Law enforcement should be commended for their swift response in investigating, identifying, and apprehending the suspect. Racism, anti-Semitism, and threats of any kind will not be tolerated in New Hampshire.”

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