Charged with Newtown threat

Arrested on charges of threatening Newtown residents two days after tragedy at Sandy Hook

NEWTOWN, Conn (WTNH) — Over a year after the incident, a Venezuelan man accused of threatening Newtown residents just two days after the tragedy at Sandy Hook, has finally been arrested in Miami.

Police say 30-year-old Wilfrido Cardenas-Hoffman called numerous residents claiming to be the shooter, Adam Lanza.

He was arrested Saturday as he was traveling through Miami International Airport en route to Mexico from Venezuela.

On May 20, 2013 Cardenas-Hoffman was charged in a criminal complaint with transmitting threats in interstate or foreign commerce to injure the person of another.

Police say on December 16, 2012, two days after the shooting that claimed 26 lives at Sandy Hook Elementary school, he called a handful of residents. In one telephone call, Hoffman allegedly stated “This is Adam Lanza. I’m gonna kill you. You’re dead. With my machine gun. You’re dead [expletive].”

The charges Cardenas-Hoffman is facing carry a maximum term behind bars of five years and a fine of up to $250,000.00.

He stood before a federal judge Monday in Florida. He will go before a judge again on Thursday this week for a disciplinary hearing.




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