Trashman arrested for YouTube threats
Baby food scare
A New York man has been arrested after posting videos on YouTube claiming to have poisoned thousands of jars of Gerber baby food.
Wearing a balaclava and vest, 42-year-old Anton Dunn allegedly claimed to have "disciples" working within the company who had put cyanide and rat poison in baby food and formula. The first ten-minute film appeared on 20 April followed by two further clips. In the final video Dunn claimed four babies had already been killed.
He was charged with transmitting a communication containing a threat to injure the person of another and communicating false information that a consumer product had been tainted.
He claimed to have poisoned as many as 5,000 jars of food, and said he wanted to kill black and Hispanic babies.
Gerber notified authorities when it heard about the first video in April. A second clip was posted in July after which Gerber started receiving calls from consumers alarmed at what they had seen.
An agent from the Federal Food and Drug Administration identified the film maker as Anton Dunn from a Hotmail address associated with two websites registered by Dunn - with the registrations including his home address. Dunn has been arrested three times by New York police on unrelated charges since 2007. An IP address used to load one of the videos also led to Dunn.
The Smoking Gun has a copy of the actual felony complaint. ®
It really is about time the legal authorities took threats made to groups and individuals over the Internet more seriously - especially in the UK.
It's assault, harassment, abuse - the sooner some of these anonymous gutless wonders get a copper knocking at their door and making them wet their pants, the better...
A black helicopter, because they should be good for this sort of thing.
RE: I got arrested for threatening someone on UseNet last summer.
ROFLMAO. I literally have tears in my eyes. Outstanding conclusions my man, threatening someone via the internet is of course fully permissible. Just as in the past, sending threatening mail or threatening them in person was always treated as 'having a bit of a laugh'.
I still can't get past "I got arrested for threatening someone on UseNet last summer" without cracking up.
Look, try to understand. It doesn't matter what medium you use to issue threats, particularly those that might cause public hysteria, incited racism and where very likely to cause significant cost to the company involved. No matter how unlikely, they had to take the threat seriously, which means time and money wasted investigating it. That alone is sufficient to get you into a fair bit of trouble.
Death Threats are Serious, No Matter What Medium...
Aaron Kempf, whether you do your threat face-to-face or via YouTube, death threats are serious and not to be taken lightly. I agree with the police to arrest Anton Dunn since he stated in clear text to poison in masses. If you ignore such threats, others would just continue to increase into a "crying wolf" syndrome and then when a real threat occurs, no one will listen. Let the police and the courts decide if this threat was real or not.
An example was when a taxi driver threaten my sister of bodily harm, including killing her unborn (she was pregnant), because of a car accident. My mother was there at the time, and she took this threat seriously, to the point that she showed up with a police officer at the taxi driver's house (the police traced the car license plate). The taxi driver stated that "it was a joke" to the police officer. Really? May be it was a joke AFTER law enforcement showed up. Anton Dunn's case sounds similar...
(BTW, the car accident was cited against the taxi driver...)