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Saratoga Springs man arrested on alleged terrorist threats

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Brent G. Dickinson Brent G. Dickinson

SARATOGA SPRINGS, N.Y. – A Saratoga Springs resident is arrested for making terrorist threats against the U.S. President and a local elementary school.

Police have arrested Brent Dickinson, 33, for allegedly making murder threats against the President of the United States and threatening an unspecified elementary school and threatening to take children hostage in a school and kill them.

Two coercive and intimidating messages were allegedly sent to the White House message board that was intercepted by the U.S. Secret Service. The first message was sent from a public computer at Skidmore College on February 17th around 2:00 a.m. The second email was sent from the Saratoga Springs Public Library on March 2nd around 10:00 a.m.

Saratoga Springs Lieutenant John Catone states, "Once we were made aware of the nature of the threats, we were in constant contact with the schools and school administrators to make sure they were aware of the threat and they could take whatever security precautions that were needed."

After a short investigation, Dickinson was immediately located and secured without incident by the SSPD. He was arraigned in Saratoga Springs City Court with a recommended bail set at $50,000 cash and $100,000 bond, and was remanded into the custody of the Saratoga County Sheriff's Department.

According to Saratoga County DA James Murphy bail was set at a high amount because the defendant had a history which indicated that 11 warrants were issued by judges in previous cases due to the defendant's failure to appear in court on the mandatory dates.

Murphy also argued that Dickinson had no significant ties to the area, no long term employment history, and is facing up to seven years if he were to be convicted of the alleged charges.

Catone adds that, "Thanks to the coordinated effort between federal and local authorities and the seamless investigative protocols of the information sharing in place, law enforcement was able to prevent this man from acting in a way that would have potentially harmful to the President, and closer to home, elementary school aged children in Saratoga County."

Precautions by police felt completely necessary due to the recent school shooting in Ohio and elsewhere across the country.

The matters against Dickinson will be scheduled for a Saratoga Grand Jury in the near future for transfer to the Saratoga County Court in Ballston Spa. No date for this presentation is available at this time, but the case is returnable in Saratoga Springs City Court on Tuesday at 9:30 a.m.

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