Police: Man wrote threat to governor
—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
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.