Robert Chain, 68, was arrested Thursday morning. Grandfather is accused of threatening to shoot the staff of The Boston Globe for his anti-Trump cover
The California grandfather arrested for threatening to shoot and bomb the Boston Globe offices in a series of poor quality phone calls was described by neighbors as a strong "know everything" that makes his neighbors feel uncomfortable when a cat calls them and scream constantly.
Robert Chain, 68, was arrested in his boxer in a raid at dawn at his home in Encino, California, on Thursday.
He allegedly called the Massachusetts newspaper 14 times between August 10 and August 22 to threaten to shoot his staff because he was angry about his coverage of Trump.
Borrowing a phrase from Trump's book, he called his journalists the "enemy of the people" and said he would be there at 4 p.m. on August 16 to shoot them in the head & # 39;
The threat induced them to hire security and the Boston police stood guard outside their offices as a precaution.
Speaking to DailyMail.com on Thursday, neighbor Tim McGowan, who has lived on the other side of Chain for nine years, said he tended to avoid it.
– He's a noisy guy. It is very bombastic and the few conversations I had with him were enough to know that it is not my personality type.
He is a noisy guy. It's very bombastic and the few conversations I had with him were enough to know that it's not my personality type
"He is very stubborn and strong and a little know-it-all.
"However, I was completely surprised to know at what level he would express his opinions," he said.
Mr. McGowan said that the neighborhood was not one where residents would display their political beliefs with pride.
He was surprised to learn that Chain was a Trump supporter and had no idea that he possessed weapons. The FBI found several weapons in their home on Thursday, including a recently acquired 9mm rifle.
The neighborhood in which they live is not particularly political, he said. At best, residents can sometimes place campaign signs on their courtyards for local elections.
McGowan said that Chain, who is always at home while his wife, lawyer Betty, is at work, can often be heard screaming from home.
Robert Chain was arrested in his underwear at his home in Encino, California, on Thursday at 6 in the morning. A SWAT team is photographed outside their home
Chain made the threats to The Boston Globe on several phone calls within a week after he asked other newspapers to publish coordinated anti-Trump editorials on August 16. Your photos are shown
Chain is represented with his wife Betty and his adult son Andrew. Betty is a lawyer, but it is not clear what her husband does for work, in any case
"My wife avoids him all the time because he's not as patient as I. She was like," He's an idiot. "He would say things like" hey beautiful "all the time, it just made her feel uncomfortable.
"Wear shorts and no shirt around your yard and you're overweight," McGowan said.
It is not clear what Chain does for his work. His wife Betty is a lawyer, but there is no tangible record of his career.
Mr. McGowan said that his wife was also unfriendly.
"You are the enemy f ****** of the people and we are going to kill everyone f ****** one of you I am going to shoot you in the head of f ****** later today. in point, goodbye,
& # 39; Betty is a quiet type of person. I waved and two of the ten times I answered with my hand and other times I did not answer. I do not even bother anymore.
According to Massachusetts prosecutors, Chain called the newspaper for the first time on August 10 after he launched an appeal to other publications to ask them to join the publication of an editorial on President Trump's attacks on the media on August 16. .
On August 16, when the newspaper published his biting editorial on Trump as promised, Chain called again and threatened to be in the office to shoot the employees at 4pm.
On that call, he said: You're the enemy of the people and we're going to kill every one of you.
– Hey, why do not you call the F, why do not you call Mueller, maybe he can help you, buddy? There is still f **** t? All right, why are you going to track my call?
& # 39; What are you going to do motherf *****? You will not do s *** I will shoot you in the head of f ****** later today. 4:00. Goodbye, "he said.
Chain was arrested at his home in Encino, California. His house, where he lives with his wife, appears in the photo
On another call, he said: Hey, how do you smell today? Nice and fresh? Let's shoot you motherf ****** in the head, you Boston Globe c ****** ers. Shoot each one of you, one of you.
The specific threat caused the Boston police to stand guard outside the office in the afternoon. Globo also hired its own security when threatening calls began.
On August 22, he called from a different number and said he wanted to get in touch "because you are the enemy of the people and I want you to go on your own".
"As long as you continue to attack the President, the President of the United States duly elected, in the continuation of your treacherous and seditious acts, I will continue to threaten, harass and annoy the Boston Globe, property of the New York Times, the other false news." , He said.
The FBI was able to track him through 12 of the calls, made between August 10 and 17, after contacting Verizon, the newspaper's telephony provider. He was able to track his number even though he appeared "blocked" every time he called the office.
There were several cars outside the man's house that were registered on Thursday by the FBI.
The FBI then tracked the number through Charter Communications to their home in Califa, Calfornia.
Chain is scheduled to appear in court in Encino on Thursday afternoon before being extradited to Boston to face charges.
US attorney Andrew Lelling said Thursday: "Anyone, regardless of political affiliation, who fears others for their lives will be prosecuted by this office.
"At a time of increasing political polarization, and amidst the growing incidence of mass shootings, members of the public must watch their own political rhetoric, or we will do it."
Chain has no criminal record. The records indicate that you have two businesses: one is an investment company.
It is not clear if any is functional or successful. He and his wife Betty filed for bankruptcy twice in the past.