In Michigan a man has been arrested for allegedly sending emails that threatened to commit a mass shooting and the killing of both Vice President Mike Pence and Donald Trump in a bomb attack.
Grand Blanc resident Jeffrey David Cox has formerly been charged with “use of interstate communications to make a bomb threat, making threats against the president and vice president of the United States and use of interstate communications to make threats to injure another person” after he allegedly sent 18 emails from his personal address.
Reportedly, Cox sent the emails on May 16 to the Mott Community College’s admissions office, the Monroe Community College’s president’s office in New York as well as the Navy’s Recruit Training Command in Great Lakes, Illinois.
“There is a bomb in the White House set to detonate Monday, May 18, 2020 at 12:00 P.M. I either placed it near the main White House gates or in the White House itself. I plan to assassinate the President and the Vice President. Nobody can stop me,” Cox wrote in one email.
In a separate email, Cox threatened to plant bombs and carry out a mass shooting at Mott Community College.
“I won’t tell you when I will do it because I don’t want the police to catch me or stop me, but rest assured I will do it and this time it is for real,” the email said.
“I am doing this because I think it is extremely funny and I just love the thrill of killing people and destroying buildings and stirring up trouble. There is nothing you or the police can do to stop me! Ha Ha Ha!” One email read.
In another email Cox said he planned on stealing an aircraft and crashing it into the U.S. Naval Reservation in San Diego, California.
Authorities seized Cox’s cellphone and laptop after a search warrant was issued for his home. The alleged emails were discovered in the sent email folder on his phone.
Cox has admitted to sending the threatening emails according to an affidavit filed by special agent Jeffrey Brook of the Secret Service.
Cox reportedly told authorities that he sent the email to “calm himself down” and that he had no intention of carrying out his threats.
“Cox claimed that he had no negative feelings toward the protectees nor the White House,” the affidavit said.
Cox has been charged with making a false report of terrorism and using a computer to commit a crime. He is currently being held at the Genesee County Jail.