On Jan. 9, an operator in Atlanta manning the public contact number for CNN received a phone call. According to a federal arrest affidavit unsealed Monday, the male caller launched into a threat.
“Fake news. I’m coming to gun you all down.” The caller then clicked off.
Three minutes later, the same caller, dialing from the same number, again rang the CNN line. “I am on my way right now to gun the CNN cast down,” the caller said. “I am coming to kill you.”
Thirty minutes later, the caller again reached the CNN public switchboard. He whispered his threats. “I’m coming for you CNN. I’m smarter than you. More powerful than you. I have more guns than you. More manpower. Your cast is about to get gunned down in a matter of hours.”
According to federal law enforcement, the man on the other end was Brandon Griesemer of Novi, Michigan.
In an arrest affidavit released Monday, FBI agent Sean Callaghan wrote that Griesemer “made approximately 22 total calls to CNN” between Jan. 9 and Jan. 10. Four of the calls resulted in threats. In the last message, the caller made disparaging remarks about Jewish individuals, before stating: “You are going down. I have a gun and I am coming to Georgia right now to go to the CNN headquarters to gun every single last one of you. I have a team of people. It’s going to be great, man … You gotta get prepared for this one, buddy.”
Court records indicate Griesemer was arrested on a charge of interstate communications with intent to extort, threaten or injure. He made an initial appearance in court on Jan. 19.
Griesemer is currently free on a $10,000 unsecured bond.
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