Michigan Truck Driver Charged With Threatening To Kill Trumpby Jana Ritter - Published: 10/26/2017
A truck driver from Grand Rapids, MI has been charged with making multiple threats to assassinate President Trump. He allegedly made the threats through a series of bizarre, profanity laced calls to the U.S. Secret Service.
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According to the criminal complaint filed by a Secret Service special agent in Detroit, James Anthony Jackson (33) allegedly "spoofed" calls to Secret Service Field Offices in Detroit and Chicago, making it appear as though the incoming calls were coming from other Secret Service agents. When his calls were answered he allegedly launched into profanity laced threats against the President that included statements such as "... I'm going to blow Trump's brains out," records said.
The criminal complaint states that Jackson made the first call on Sept. 17 and then he made several more calls on Oct. 12 and 13 to Secret Service Offices in both Detroit and Chicago. Investigators said the calls contained profanity and threats such as one call to the Chicago office where Jackson allegedly said "better watch Donald Trump a**, ya b***h, ya'll think someone playing with yo dumba****. I am going to blow white brains out the f*** out his mother f***ing head, now b***h, f*** you white mother f***er, ya'll started this s***, f*** with my God damn phone b***h."
Investigators cited another call that came into the Detroit Field Office on October 18, where Jackson is alleged to have said, "why ya'll messing with my wires" and then threatened, "I'm going to blow Trump's brains out." It was during that call that investigators were able to capture a phone number with a 616 area code and then tracked down the subscriber information through T-Mobile.
The subscriber was listed as "James Jackson Profit Group LLC" but the associated address was linked to an outreach center in Grand Rapids. Investigators said they then discovered Jackson had visited the outreach center on Oct. 6 and was asking about mail services. They also noticed from Jackson’s cell phone records that he frequently called a phone number with a 517 area code and they were able to track down the woman who owned that number. Investigators said she told them she met Jackson on Oct. 18 through an online meeting site and she knew him as “Jamie.” She then told investigators that he began making threatening calls to her as well.
"Jamie began to harass and threaten her via the cellular number 616-xxx-xx88. She stated that Jamie told her he was 'going to cut off her head and parade it in front of the White House for Trump,' and that he was going to 'Kill President Trump,'" said the criminal complaint. The woman also identified Jackson's driver's license photo as the same person that appeared in his on-line profile.
Records also indicated that a special agent spoke with Jackson's family members. Jackson's uncle revealed that Jackson worked as a truck driver and that he had been making threatening calls to family members as well. The special agent said Jackson’s sister identified Jackson's voice when he played her the recording of threats against Trump.
If convicted, Jackson could face five years in federal prison.