Calif. man accused of making threats to Raleigh police chief
Posted January 14, 2015
Updated January 15, 2015
Raleigh, N.C. — A California man faces federal charges for allegedly sending multiple threatening emails to Raleigh's police chief.
According to a criminal complaint filed Wednesday, Jesse Lee Kuhl sent at least 13 emails to Chief Cassandra Deck-Brown between Oct. 10 and Jan. 13 that contained death threats and were filled with racial slurs aimed at the police chief, who is black.
An FBI agent wrote in the complaint that Kuhl admitted to sending four emails on Oct. 10 while he was intoxicated and angry because Deck-Brown allegedly knew about mistreatment he says he suffered while working for the state’s Division of Waste Management.
A spokeswoman told WRAL News that there is no record of Kuhl ever being employed at the agency.
Kuhl is accused of sending another on Jan. 8 and eight more on Tuesday, including one containing the message: "I demand you resign or you deserve to die."
It wasn't immediately clear Wednesday afternoon if Kuhl – who faces charges of transmission of threatening communications and using an electronic communication service to harass or intimidate another person – was in custody.
A spokesman for the Raleigh Police Department declined to comment on the case, as did an FBI spokeswoman.
Last year, Raleigh Mayor Nancy McFarlane was also the recipient of a threatening message. Alec Dane Redner pleaded guilty to the crime in July and is serving a 21-month federal sentence.