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Calif. man arrested for alleged threats to Raleigh police chief

Posted January 15, 2015

Raleigh Police Chief Cassandra Deck-Brown

— California authorities on Thursday arrested a man wanted on federal charges stemming from threatening and racially charged messages to Raleigh's police chief.

Shelley Lynch, a spokeswoman for the FBI's Charlotte field office, said Jesse Lee Kuhl was taken into custody in Tuolumne County, about two hours from Sacramento.

Authorities filed charges against Kuhl on Wednesday alleging that he sent Police Chief Cassandra Deck-Brown at least 13 emails between Oct. 10 and Jan. 13 – four of which he admitted to sending.

Federal investigators say Kuhl admitted to being angry because Deck-Brown allegedly knew about mistreatment he says he suffered while working for the state Division of Waste Management and did nothing to help him.

A spokeswoman said Thursday that there is no record of Kuhl ever being employed at the agency.

Kuhl – who faces charges of transmission of threatening communications and using an electronic communication service to harass or intimidate another person – is expected to appear in a federal court in Fresno Friday afternoon.

Both the Raleigh police and the FBI have declined to comment on the case.


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