Concord man charged with threatening city’s Jewish community, Gov. Sununu

Monitor staff
Published: 12/4/2018 1:19:17 PM

Police say they’ve arrested a Concord man for allegedly sending threatening emails targeting the city’s Jewish community and Gov. Chris Sununu.

Brian Roberts, 38, was arrested Tuesday and charged with misdemeanor criminal threatening, according to the state attorney general’s office.

On Friday, Roberts sent an electronic message to the website which stated, “Going to shoot Gov state of NH no matter what,” the attorney general’s office said. Roberts is also accused of sending threats targeting police officers and Concord’s Jewish community.

The emails were sent directly to the CIA and insinuated that an act of violence might occur Friday night, according to Concord police Lt. Sean Ford. Police have been keeping a strong presence at the Temple Beth Jacob, Concord’s only synagogue, since Friday, Ford said.

Law enforcement also attended the lighting of the city’s 13-foot menorah in front of the State House on Sunday night, which celebrates the first night of Chanukah. The ceremony was delayed, because of an investigation into a “suspicious” silver package discovered on State House grounds that turned out to be food, according to police.

Rabbi Levi Krinsky of Chabad of New Hampshire in Manchester, who’s in charge of lighting the menorah in front of the State House, said someone noticed the package about 30 minutes before the ceremony was scheduled to begin. The event was delayed an hour while state police investigated, he said.

Police were investigating the threats along with the CIA and FBI’s Joint Terrorism Task Force. The investigation remains ongoing.

This was not Roberts’s only run-in with police; he has been arrested for disorderly conduct twice in the last five years, according to court records. In 2013, he was arrested outside Cumberland Farms on North Main Street in Concord for drinking a 24-ounce can of beer outside the property and shouting “obscene language” in front of children, documents show.

Daniel McDonald III, the Concord police officer who booked Roberts after that arrest, said he “ranted about getting weapons” and “shooting it out with police officers,” according to an affidavit.

When McDonald attempted to take Roberts’s photo, Roberts smiled and made faces at the camera, McDonald wrote. When McDonald told him he could not smile in his mug shot, he told him he would “smile if he wanted to,” according to the affidavit.

He is originally from Lancaster, according to court records.

Roberts is scheduled to be arraigned in the 6th Circuit Court on Wednesday at 11 a.m.

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