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Finger Lakes Region of Upstate New York
Waterloo man threatens to kill judge & family

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  11/7/13 @ 1:51 pm
 


On the morning of Saturday, November 2, 2013, at approximately 11:15 a.m., a hand written note was found taped to an entry door to the Village of
Waterloo Municipal Building. The door was located on the west side of the building and is used not only by Village employees, but is the entryway to where Village Court offices are located.

The note was very graphic in nature, with threats to kill Village Justice, Dean Mattoon, and members of his immediate family and others (others not specified). The note, which was extensive, made reference to the Judges commitment of a woman to the Seneca County Correctional Facility Friday evening, November 1, 2013. Additionally, a voice mail message had been left on the court telephone for Justice Mattoon, reiterating the death threats.

Additionally, a metal panel on the entry door had been spray painted with the letters “LOL”.

Through investigation, information was obtained that the woman who was arrested on Friday evening, on a bench warrant from Village Court, for failing to appear in court from a previous arrest, may have led to the written and telephonic threats to Judge Mattoon.

The woman was Karen J. McBroom, age 42, residing at 5 Center Street, Waterloo. McBroom had been committed to the Seneca County Correctional Facility by Judge Mattoon in lieu of $750 cash or $1500 bail, with a new appearance date of November 6, 2013.

The investigation resulted in the arrest of Roy E. McBroom, age 45, of 5 Center Street, Waterloo, the husband of Karen McBroom.

Roy McBroom was charged with 1 count of Making A Terrorist Threat, a class ‘D’ Felony; 2 counts of Aggravated Harassment 2nd degree, class ‘A’ misdemeanors, and 1 count of Criminal Mischief 4th degree, a class ‘A’ misdemeanor.

The Making a Terrorist Threat charge was brought as the threat was believed to intimidate a unit of government, in this case a Village Justice, and when the threat consists of murder, against that government official.

He was arraigned in the Town of Waterloo Court, by Judge Christopher Folk, and was committed to the Seneca County Correctional Facility in lieu of $10,000 cash or $20,000 secured bond. A stay away order of protection was issued on behalf of all victims.

Assisting in the investigation were the New York State Police, Crime Scene Technician Unit, the Counter Terrorism Investigation Unit, and members of the Bureau of Criminal Investigation.

According to police, this investigation and arrest has no connection to the reported physical assault of Assistant Village Justice, Roger Barto, reported on August 31, 2013, which remains under investigation.



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