A Utah man has been arrested and accused of attempting to send a crude form of the poison ricin to President Trump and to the Pentagon, authorities confirmed Wednesday.
Melodie Rybach, a spokeswoman for the U.S. Attorney’s Office in Salt Lake City, said that William Clyde Allen III, of Logan, was taken into custody after federal prosecutors “authorized a probable-cause arrest in the ricin case.” She added that a criminal complaint would likely be filed in federal court Friday, FOX NEWS reports.
“No wider threat to the public safety exists at this time. As it is a pending matter, that’s all we can say at this time.”~ FBI Salt Lake City field office spokesman Doug Davis
A spokeswoman for the U.S. attorney for Utah said Wednesday that 39-year-old William Clyde Allen III was taken into custody Wednesday in Logan, a small city in northern Utah. One of the envelopes had a return address on it.
According to court documents obtained by AP, William Clyde Allen III served in the U.S. Navy for 4 years from 1998 to 2002 as a damage control fireman apprentice. Allen’s arrest records show the following:
- 2004 in a child sex-abuse case involving two girls with whom he had an unspecified “relationship of trust.” He later pleaded guilty to lesser neglect and abuse charges and did not have to register as a sex offender.
- 2004 protective order against him in a separate case. He disputed the females allegations, the details of which are not public, but agreed to the protective order.
- 2008 pleaded guilty to attempted aggravated assault and served about 2 1/2 years in prison, authorities said. He was released in 2011.
A defense official said the packages were addressed to Defense Secretary James Mattis and Navy chief Admiral John Richardson.
U.S. Secret Service said it had received a “suspicious envelope” addressed to President Trump the day before. The agency said the envelope “was not received at the White House, nor did it ever enter the White House. We are working jointly with our law enforcement partners to fully investigate this matter.”
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