Po­lice: Man wrote threat to gov­er­nor

Cecil Whig - - FRONT PAGE - By JANE BELLMYER

jbellmyer@ce­cil­whig.com

—A War­wick man has been charged by Delaware State Po­lice with threat­en­ing that state’s gov­er­nor via so­cial me­dia.

The ini­tial in­ves­ti­ga­tion be­gan about 6:15 p.m. Sun­day, af­ter troop­ers re­sponded to a res­i­dence lo­cated in the 300 block of Pheas­ant Drive in Mid­dle­town, Del.

There, troop­ers were told by a fe­male res­i­dent of the home, that she, as well as Delaware Gov. Jack Markell, had been threat­ened via a Face­book post by a man she iden­ti­fied as Roger M. Matthews, 51.

The vic­tim ex­plained that Matthews is a rel­a­tive of one of her fam­ily mem­bers.

Troop­ers then re­viewed the post, which in fact did con­tain threats against the gov­er­nor.

On Tues­day, troop­ers were able to take Matthews into cus­tody with­out in­ci­dent. He was sub­se­quently charged with threat­en­ing the life of a public of­fi­cial. He was ar­raigned at JP Court 11 and com­mit­ted to the Howard R. Young Cor­rec­tional In­sti­tu­tion in de­fault of $4,000 cash bond.

While Delaware State Po­lice de­clined to re­lease

MID­DLE­TOWN, DEL.

ad­di­tional de­tails of the threat, which was posted on Face­book, not­ing its “sen­si­tive na­ture,” the post is still on­line. In it, Matthews launches an an­gry, ex­ple­tive-laced tirade men­tion­ing Markell by name sev­eral times and specif­i­cally says he would skin the gov­er­nor alive and bury him in a hole. It’s un­clear why he named the gov­er­nor in the post­ing.

Delaware State Po­lice is ask­ing any­one who may know more about this in­ci­dent to call Delaware Crime Stop­pers at 1-800-TIP-3333.

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