Teen could be charged in Arpaio threat case

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By Mike Gertzman By Mike Gertzman

PHOENIX -- A 16-year-old boy in Alberta, Canada who allegedly threatened to kill Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio and the sheriff's family could be charged by the Royal Canadian Mounted Police.

Detectives from the Maricopa County Sheriff's Office began working with police in Canada in July on the threat investigation, according to a spokesman for the Maricopa County Sheriff's Office.

The suspect is accused of sending an email to Arpaio's office that read, “Joe Arpaio, you are a massive (expletive) and I hate you so much you (expletive) sucking (expletive) face. I’m going to murder you and your whole family including your wife, children and grandchildren. I’m also going to bomb your house and afterwards burn down the remains. May your death be horrible.”

The two month long investigation led police to the teenage suspect, who when questioned by Canadian authorities, admitted to making the threat.

Just in the last few months, three other suspects in three separate cases have been arrested for threats made against Arpaio. Two of the suspects were in Arizona and one in California. All three of those suspects mentioned Arpaio’s stance on illegal immigration as a motivating factor for their threats against his life.