Brandon Griesemer, a man previously known to law enforcement, has been arrested for allegedly threatening to kill CNN employees.
Federal investigators have arrested Michigan resident Brandon Griesemer, 19, after threatening phone calls were made to CNN. The suspect is accused of threatening to kill employees working at the network’s Atlanta, Georgia headquarters.
According to an affidavit, Griesemer allegedly called CNN’s public phone line 22 times on January 9 and 10, 2018. Calls on this line get recorded for training and other purposes.
Four of the calls are believed to contain threats. According to the affidavit, the caller said, “Fake news. I’m coming to gun you all down.”
After this, another call was made and the caller is recorded as saying, “ I am on my way right now to gun the f—ing CNN cast down… I am coming to kill you.”
After the first call was received on January 9, an investigator searched a database for the phone number from which the call came. The phone belonged to Griesemer’s father, according to the affidavit.
On January 10, more calls came in. The caller’s voice was the same as the one from the previous day and more threats were made against CNN.
“I have a gun and I am coming to Georgia right now to go to the CNN headquarters to f—ing gun every single last one of you,” the caller said.
Investigators pinned down the location from which the calls were made and arrested Brandon Griesemer. He was released on $10,000 unsecured bond after a January 19 court appearance.
Hours after the arrest, CNN released a statement: “We take any threats to CNN employees or workplaces around the world extremely seriously. This one is no exception. We have been in touch with local and federal law enforcement throughout, and have taken all necessary measures to ensure the safety of our people.”
Brandon Griesemer Known to Law Enforcement
Back in September 2017, Griesemer allegedly called the Islamic Center of Ann Arbor in Michigan and made derogatory comments about the mosque and Muslims, according to court documents.
Ann Arbor police tracked the number from which the call came to a phone line registered under Griesemer’s father’s name. They then contacted Griesemer’s mother, who confessed that Griesemer had told her that he had called the mosque.
Brandon Griesemer told police that he had called the mosque when he was angry. No charges were laid in this case because no specific threats were made.