California Man, Robert Lemke Charged With Making Threats Directed Against A New York City-Based U.S. Congressman And A Journalist, Citing Their Statements About The Results Of The 2020 Presidential Election
(STL.News Audrey Strauss, U.S. Attorney for the Southern District of New York, William F. Sweeney Jr., the Assistant Director-in-Charge of the New York Field Office of the Federal Bureau of Investigation (“FBI”), and Dermot Shea, the Commissioner of the Police Department for the City of New York (“NYPD”), announced that ROBERT LEMKE was arrested today based on a criminal Complaint filed in Manhattan federal court charging LEMKE with making threatening interstate communications. LEMKE allegedly sent threatening text messages on January 6, 2021 to family members of a New York City-based U.S. Congressman (the “Congressman”) and a New York City-based family member of a journalist (the “Journalist”). LEMKE was arrested in Bay Point, California, and will be presented tomorrow in the United States District Court for the Northern District of California.
Manhattan U.S. Attorney Audrey Strauss said: “As alleged, Robert Lemke was dissatisfied with the results of the 2020 Presidential Election and subsequent statements about the election made by a U.S. Congressman and journalist. Rather than peaceably disagree, Lemke allegedly threatened to harm those individuals’ families, demanding they retract their statements.