A man with a history of left-wing advocacy was arrested by the FBI for sending an envelope filled with white powder to Donald Trump Jr. and his family.
Daniel Frisiello was arrested today and is now facing a number of federal charges, all stemming from letters containing a suspicious substance he sent out to prominent people. That included a letter sent to Donald Trump Jr., which included a note saying “you are getting what you deserve.”
The letter was opened by Vanessa, the wife of Donald Trump, Jr. She was hospitalized for a brief time but did not suffer any ill effects. Authorities believe the substance may be corn starch.
Frisiello’s Facebook page (which can be seen here) is filled with anti-Trump news links from various media sources.
The 24-year-old was arrested at his parents house, where he lives, in Beverly, Massachusetts.
A 24-year-old Beverly man is due in federal court Thursday to face charges that he sent threatening letters containing white powder to President Donald Trump’s oldest son and other public figures.
Daniel Frisiello was arrested Thursday morning on federal charges of mailing threats to injure and providing false information and hoaxes, court records show.
He allegedly sent a letter to Donald Trump Jr. postmarked from Boston on Feb. 7 that contained “an unknown suspicious white powder” as well as a hostile message, according to an affidavit filed in the case.
“You are an awful, awful person,” the note said. “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 [expletive] UP!”
Donald Jr.’s wife had opened the letter at the couple’s New York home, and she was sent to an area hospital as a precaution.
The white powder in that letter and four others Frisiello sent to public figures was non-toxic, officials said.
During a morning news conference, US Attorney Andrew E. Lelling said that such hoaxes can “scare the heck out of people” in light of the anthrax mailings in the prior decade that killed five people.
Peter F. Kowenhoven, an assistant special agent in charge of the FBI Boston office said the message is simple for people seeking to “terrorize” the public with such hoaxes.
“Don’t do it,” he said. “There are plenty of appropriate, lawful ways to express your opinions and voice your displeasure.”