A 24-year-old Massachusetts man is accused of sending a threatening letter containing white powder to Donald Trump Jr.’s New York City apartment, along with mailing threats to several other people around the country, federal prosecutors say.
Daniel Frisiello, of Beverly, was taken into custody Thursday and faces multiple federal charges. The letter containing white powder, which turned out to be harmless, was opened by Trump Jr.’s wife, Vanessa Haydon Trump. She was taken to the hospital as a precaution, according to NBC News.
“You are an awful, awful person. I am surprised that your father lets you speak on TV,” the letter addressed to Trump Jr. said, according to court documents. “You the family idiot. Eric looks smart. This is the reason why people hate you. You are getting what you deserve. So shut the f*** up.”
You can read the court documents below:
Frisiello was taken into custody at his home on Hathaway Avenue in Beverly, the Salem News reports. According to NBC’s Tom Winter, Frisiello is cooperating with investigators. He is set to make his first appearance in federal court Thursday afternoon.
According to his Facebook profile, Frisiello, who has shared and commented on several news articles critical of President Donald Trump and Republicans, works as a program assistant at Catholic Charities in the Archdiocese of Boston. The organization did not immediately reply to a request for comment. He previously worked for Northeast ARC, an organization that provides support to people with disabilities. He is a graduated of Learning PRep School and North Schore Community College, where he got an associate’s degree in legal administrative studies, his Facebook page shows.
“These kinds of hoaxes may not cause physical harm but they scare the heck out of people because most of us recall the Anthrax mailings of the early 2000s, when five people were killed,” U.S. Attorney Andrew E. Lelling told NBC New York. “These hoaxes are easy to pull off — all you need is an envelope, a stamp and a white powdery substance. So you’ll see this office aggressively purse these kinds of cases.”