Encino Man Who Allegedly Threatened Boston Globe Out on Bail

August 31, 2018 - 9:51 am

BOSTON (AP/KNX 1070) — An Encino man charged with making death threats against Boston Globe employees is out on bail Friday morning.

Robert Chain allegedly told Globe staffers they were 'enemies of the people' in more than a dozen phone calls to the newsroom. And outside court, he told CBS-2 he's a supporter of the President:

Chain faces one felony count of making threatening communications in interstate commerce. He is due in Boston next month for another court hearing.

He was arrested Thursday for threatening to travel to the newspaper's offices and kill journalists, whom he called the "enemy of the people," federal prosecutors said Thursday.

The judge set $50,000 bond for Chain, despite objections of prosecutors, who argued he’s a possible flight risk and danger to the community. His wife was in court.When she was asked for comment she said, “I’m not talking to you." waving our reporter away.

Prosecutors say 68-year-old Robert Chain's threatening phone calls to the Globe's newsroom started immediately after the Globe appealed to newspapers across the country to condemn what it called a "dirty war against the free press."

The day the editorials were published, Chain told a Globe staffer that he was going to shoot employees in the head at 4 o'clock, according to court documents. That threat prompted a police response and increased security at the newspaper's offices.

After the editorials ran, authorities say Chain told a Globe staffer that he would continue to threaten the Globe, The New York Times and "other fake news" as long as they continue their "treasonous and seditious acts" in attacking Trump.

Several times, he called Globe employees the "enemy of the people," a characterization of journalists that Trump has used in the past.

It was not immediately clear if Chain has an attorney. Prosecutors say he's expected to appear in Los Angeles' federal court Thursday and be transferred to Boston at a later date. He's charged with making threatening communications in interstate commerce, which calls for up to five years in prison.

Jane Bowman, a spokeswoman for the Globe, said the newspaper is grateful for law enforcement's efforts to protect its staffers and track down the source of the threats.

"While it was unsettling for many of our staffers to be threatened in such a way, nobody - really, nobody - let it get in the way of the important work of this institution," she said in an email.

Federal officials pledged to continue to go after anyone who puts others in fear of their lives.

"In a time of increasing political polarization, and amid the increasing incidence of mass shootings, members of the public must police their own political rhetoric. Or we will," said U.S. Attorney Andrew Lelling.

On Thursday, agents were going through his house in Encino, with a neighbor allegedly saying Chain "had a short fuse," according to KNX reporter Margaret Carrero

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