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Man accused of making threats against Perdue, other officials

Posted June 24, 2009
Updated June 25, 2009

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— A Raleigh man was arrested Wednesday on numerous charges that he threatened Gov. Bev Perdue and other state and local leaders over the past year.

Man charged with threatening officials Man charged with threatening officials

Angelos Vangelos, 46, of 5700-2616 Oak Meadow Lane, was charged with two counts of making bomb threats and 29 counts of threats against an executive officer – all felony charges. He was also charged with one count of communicating threats, a misdemeanor.

Vangelos was held on a $1 million bond. His first court appearance was scheduled for 2 p.m. Thursday.

According to arrest warrants, Vangelos made death threats against Perdue nine times and also threatened to blow up her home.

The state Highway Patrol is responsible for Perdue's safety and its spokesman said Wednesday the agency takes every threat against her seriously.

“Quite often the threats are never acted upon but you can't take any chances. You have to make sure you do your job and that's our job to make sure the (first) family is protected and that's what we do,” spokesman Capt. Everett Clendenin said.

Other warrants indicate Vangelos made multiple death threats to former Gov. Mike Easley, former first lady Mary Easley, congressmen David Price, Bob Etheridge and Brad Miller. State Sen. Dan Blue, D-Wake, and Wake County Sheriff Donnie Harrison were also threatened.

Raleigh Mayor Charles Meeker was also a target, according to warrants. They allege Vangelos threatened the mayor five times in letters and called in to WRAL News a bomb threat against Meeker's home.

Another of the bomb threat charges stems from a call made to El Pueblo, a Hispanic newspaper, in which the caller threatened to blow up the Mexican consulate on Six Forks Road

Several Raleigh City Council members, Wake County commissioners and Raleigh city staff, as well as President Barack Obama prior to the November election, were the targets of other death threats.

A neighbor said Vangelos was somewhat of a mystery.

“I’ve never seen him come in or out. I’ve never heard him,” Robert Murray said. “I thought he was in another building. I didn't know he was right next door.”

According to court records, Raleigh police arrested him in 1999 for communicating threats.

Chrissy Pearson, a spokeswoman for Perdue's office, said in a statement late Wednesday that the governor "thanks the dedicated law enforcement officers who work tirelessly to keep those of us who serve the state – and all North Carolinians – safe from harm."

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  • bnice1984 Jun 25, 2009

    probably angry about the smoking ban too

  • COPs eye Jun 25, 2009

    He will not be the last.

  • diogenes Jun 25, 2009

    Mike Easley used (or reported) his death threats extensively in his 2000 campaign to get elected governor. Approving a budget in Raleigh is too important to allow some politicians to capitalize on these threats. And besides, when does it take so long to pick-up such a menace? Post 9/11 threats on a president, no less, gets one picked up immediately. The FBI must have thought him harmless. I see that it was the SBI that broke the story.

  • panthers254 Jun 25, 2009

    see what overtaxation can do a person.

    well, i hope he gets the help he needs.... while eating some of those prison twinkies.

  • dbcooper41 Jun 25, 2009

    wonder why they decided to arrest him now?

  • miketroll3572 Jun 25, 2009

    Gotta love that mug shot, bet this won't be the last.

  • PaulRevere Jun 25, 2009

    "Bev" should take a trip to Argentina and lose her passport just to be safe.

  • Myword Jun 24, 2009

    Bo- I have dealt with mentally ill people a lot too, and sometimes, they DO act on their threats. Or try to. And yes folks, community-based programs do NOT meet the need.

  • Bohican Jun 24, 2009

    HIPPA??? I met the guy where he lived and it didn't take a genious, clinic or specialized training to figure out he was not hittin' on all cylinders!! I do hope he receives the care needed to prevent hiim from endangering others to include himself. He was off kilter enough for me to remember him.

  • wiseowl Jun 24, 2009

    hilarious use of the words "slander" above.

    and Bohican, forgive me if I don't RELAX. there are far too many mentally ill/dangerously stupid people with agendas mucking about right now to relax. that you and I can agree on.

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