Police arrest man who threatened to kill CNN employees

Alfred Osborne
January 23, 2018

CNN reports a MI man allegedly called the channel several times, threatening to kill employees at its Atlanta, Georgia, headquarters.

Brandon Griesemer badgered the cable news network with almost two dozen profanity-laced rants from January 9 and 10 vowing to make the 730 mile trek to Georgia to kill their employees, according to criminal complaint filed Friday in the Eastern District of MI.

Talking to CNN operator over phone, the man warned the reporters of the news channel that he was going to gun all of them down. This one is no exception.

According to court documents, Griesemer said "Fake news".

"I'm smarter than you. I am coming to kill you", according to the affidavit.

A federal affidavit cited by CNN on Monday night said the suspect, Brandon Griesemer, made 22 calls to the news network from a Detroit suburb.

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On Monday night, a man who identified himself as Griesemer's father told The Washington Post that "this whole thing has been a mistake, he really didn't mean any of it". In September, he reportedly called an Islamic center in Ann Arbor, Mich., and made derogatory comments about Muslims and the mosque.

The man, identified as Brandon Griesemer, has now been arrested.

The investigator recorded the conversation with Griesemer and compared the audio to the recorded audio of the threatening calls, the affidavit said.

Three minutes later, the same caller, dialing from the same number, again rang the CNN line. "The voices sounded like the same individual", the affidavit states.

"I have a gun and I am coming to Georgia right now to go to the CNN headquarters to f-king gun ever single last one of you".

The CNN investigator collected data from the cell phone used to make the threats. If convicted, he could be sentenced to up to five years in prison.

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