Man That Sent Threatening Letter To Fergus Falls Federal Courthouse A Longtime Texas Penitentiary Inmate
James Allen | Jan 11, 2019 AT 11:55 am
More details are emerging in the case of the threatening letter that was sent to the Fergus Falls Federal Court House in late December.
Fergus Falls Public Safety Chief Kile Bergren says a suspect has not been named in case either by their department or the U.S. Marshall’s Office, but what is now known, is that the suspect appears to be a long-time inmate of a Texas Correctional Facility. Bergren says as well, that by all indications the threatening letter did not contain anything harmful, but implied a threat of a purported biological agent, and was sent by the Texas inmate from the un-named facility. He also says the outside of the letter did not appear suspicious.
U.S. District Court media coordinator Rebecca Parks told News Talk 1250 KBRF that an examination of the material by the Minnesota Department of Health in St. Paul revealed that despite the threats contained in the letter, were no traces of anthrax.
The incident began around 9am on December 26th when police received a call from the US Marshalls Service. Two Courthouse workers had received the letter. They were eventually escorted out of the building unharmed.
Both Fergus Falls Police, Fergus Falls Fire Department and Ringdahl Ambulance were at the scene for about two hours, blocking off Mill Street and access to the federal building.