Peoria man accused of threatening to kill Arpaio

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Frederick Joseph Cusick By Jennifer Thomas Frederick Joseph Cusick By Jennifer Thomas

PHOENIX -- Maricopa County Sheriff's Office detectives arrested a Peoria man accused of making death threats against Sheriff Joe Arpaio.

Frederick Joseph Cusick, 27, is being held in the Lower Buckeye Jail on a $3,600 bond.

MCSO spokesman Chris Hegstrom said a concerned citizen contacted authorities in June after seeing a YouTube comment from someone, later identified as Cusick, that indicated he would target Arpaio to qualify for a $2 million bounty to be paid by a Mexican drug cartel for the sheriff's murder.

Since 2007, a number of drug cartels based in Mexico have reportedly targeted Arpaio for execution, according to Hegstrom. Supposed bounties mentioned in these cases have been as high as $3 million.

In the YouTube post, Cusick ranted that the sheriff was a racist and that he and his "boys" had an arsenal of "powerful weapons" to ensure that Arpaio "wouldn't be around much longer," according to Hegstrom.

Cusick is the third suspect this year who has been investigated and charged for threatening to kill Arpaio.

On June 17, an arrest warrant was issued for Caesar David Nunez, 22, of Culver City, Calif., for threatening to kill Arpaio. Deputies said Nunez admitted to the threat, saying he was driven to write it because of the illegal immigration rhetoric surrounding Arpaio.

On Feb. 25, Scottsdale resident Ignacio Carbajal was arrested for a threat made in January against Arpaio. According to sheriff's detectives, Carbajal said that the death threats he made were over Arpaio's stance on illegal immigration.

A mail bomb addressed to Arpaio was intercepted by alert postal workers in Flagstaff on April 12. A federal investigation into the incident is ongoing.