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Rochester man faces charges for threatening federal law enforcement officials

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A Rochester man is in custody and facing federal charges after allegedly threatening those same authorities.

Eric Anthony, 27, of Rochester has been arrested and charged with threatening to murder federal law enforcement officers, according to U.S. Attorney Trini E. Ross. The charges, which could lead to a 10-year prison sentence and a $250,000 fine, stem from an email Anthony sent on April 18, 2024, to the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF), criticizing federal gun laws and threatening violence.

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According to Assistant U.S. Attorney Everardo A. Rodriguez, Anthony’s communication included not only threats but also a warning that he would retaliate if anything happened to him or his family. This was followed by a similar fax to the Monroe County Sheriff’s Office, escalating the threats.

Law enforcement agencies, including the ATF, FBI, Monroe County Sheriff’s Office, and Rochester Police, collaborated to apprehend Anthony. He is currently held pending a detention hearing, emphasizing the severity with which threats against law enforcement are treated.