According to the Sheriff, in recent days, three separate death threats aimed specifically at Arpaio have come to light: one by a California man, another from a Canadian suspect and now a Mesa resident says he wants Arpaio dead.
“It’s a bit of a mystery as to why three death threats against the Sheriff have been lodged in such a short expanse of time,” says Detective Brian Mackiewicz who is leading the investigations.
In an email posted today, an 18 year old Alberto, Canada man threatened to kill Arpaio. This is the 8th time in the last two years that this man has threatened Arpaio or Arpaio’s family. His posting today reads, “Sheriff Joe, I’m going to kill you. I got my hands on a very nice Sig Sauer P226 which will do the job nicely. You have less than 48 hours to live. If anyone tries to intervene, I will personally blow up the building at 550 West Jackson into a million pieces.”
Arpaio says he is frustrated by the leniency Canadian authorities have shown to this repeat offender. Arpaio is therefore considering sending his detectives to further investigate the case with the hope of getting the suspect extradited to Arizona to face serious felony criminal charges. “This man is a menace and he needs to be brought to justice,” Arpaio says.
Then, while on a recent trip to California, Arpaio received yet another threat. That threat was made by a California man, Stephen Crow, who called 911 operators numerous times saying Arpaio is a ‘racist Hitler’ and that he will kill the Sheriff.
Crow was arrested by police and today is sitting in a California jail.
The third threat now being investigated by the Sheriff’s Office comes from a Mesa resident who recently told police officers he “will kill Arpaio if the Sheriff is reelected. And that’s not a threat, that’s a fact.”