Daniel Frisiello, 24, was arrested Thursday morning. He is accused of sending at least five threatening letters containing suspicious white powder to Donald Trump Jr. and other elected officials. The Beverly, Massachusetts man faces five counts of mailing threats and hoaxes.
Daniel Frisiello, a resident of Beverly, Massachusetts was arrested in a raid on his home March 2, 2018. He faces multiple charges on mail threats, including one pertaining to Donald Trump Jr. Trump Jr’s wife, Vanessa Trump, went to the hospital last month after opening a letter containing a suspicious white substance.
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The FBI nabbed Frisiello at his home at 62 Hathaway Ave. on Thursday morning. Neighbors say they heard a loud explosion at around 8:00 a.m., causing power to go out on the street.
Roughly a minute later, at least four vehicles went to Frisiello’s house and agents knocked on his door. Several agents wearing protective vests were seen going in and out of the house carrying evidence, including a laptop computer.
FBI Assistant Special Agent in Charge Peter Kowenhoven said federal authorities had apprehended Frisiello without incident and taken him into custody.
Letter Daniel Frisiello Addressed to Trump Jr. Was Opened by Wife Vanessa
One letter allegedly written by Frisiello was addressed to Donald Trump Jr. and opened by his wife, Vanessa Trump, 40, on February 12.
It read: “You are an awful, awful person, I am surprised that your father lets you speak on TV. You make the family idiot, Eric, look smart. This is the reason why people hate you, so you are getting what you deserved. So shut the f— up.”
It also contained a white, powdery substance. the president’s daughter-in-law was taken to hospital as a precautionary measure.
In a tweet, Donald Trump Jr. said his wife and children were safe and unharmed. He also suggested the letter may have been motivated by political spite, saying it was “disgusting that certain individuals choose to express their opposing views with such disturbing behavior.”
Thankful that Vanessa & my children are safe and unharmed after the incredibly scary situation that occurred this morning. Truly disgusting that certain individuals choose to express their opposing views with such disturbing behavior.
— Donald Trump Jr. (@DonaldJTrumpJr) February 12, 2018
Frisiello is also accused of sending threatening letters and white powder to Sen. Debbie Stabenow (D-Michigan); soap star-turned-Congressional aspirant Antonio Sabato; a Stanford law professor; and a federal prosecutor.
According to Frisiello’s Facebook page, he studied “Legal Administrative” at North Shore Community College and works as a program assistant at Catholic Charities Archdioceses of Boston. He put his relationship status as single.
His actual Facebook account is full of anti-Trump sentiment. While he typically comments on most articles or stories he shares, he is uncharacteristically silent on the one from February 12, 2018 regarding the letter sent to Donald Trump Jr.
He is scheduled to appear in U.S. District Court in Worcester on Thursday.