On Thursday, Daniel Frisiello, 24, was arrested on suspicion of sending the envelope filled with a white powder to Donald Trump Jr’s residence. Trump Jr.’s wife, Vanessa, opened the letter last month and was exposed to the substance. She was taken to the hospital as a precaution, though the white powder was later deemed to be cornstarch.
Frisiello, a Catholic charity employee who lives in Beverly, Massachusetts, is accused of sending the letter, which also contained a typed note.
“I am surprised that your father lets you speak on TV,” said the message. “You make the family idiot, Eric, look smart.” According to a report by the Daily Mail, court documents also state that Trump Jr. was called an “awful, awful person” in the letter.
Federal authorities believe that Frisiello sent similar letters containing a white powder to four other people, including Michigan Senator Debbie Stabenow and Antonio Sabato Jr., a Republican running for a US House seat in California.
Each of the envelopes contained a threatening message along with the powdery substance, all of which were postmarked in Boston.
Frisiello’s social media pages were found to contain a range of anti-Trump posts, and his Facebook page revealed a strange fascination with the British Royal Family, including numerous photos and news stories discussing them.
He even expressed a desire in the UK reinstating the death penalty after sharing an article about the arrest of a man tied to a terror incident at Buckingham Palace.
The 24-year-old says that he is a program assistant working at Catholic Charities Archdiocese of Boston, and reports suggest he studied legal administration at North Shore Community College.
Although the white powder was deemed harmless, it reignited fears associated with the letters filled with anthrax spores that were sent to various political offices and media outlets after 9/11. Those letters resulted in five deaths.
“These kinds of hoaxes may not cause physical harm, but they scare the heck out of people,” stated Andrew Lelling, a Massachusetts US attorney.
Frisiello is scheduled to appear in court today. It is unknown whether he has secured the services of a lawyer.