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Miami Herald: Suspect in school threat in FBI custody


The FBI says it has the woman who made a threatening call and sent an e-mail vowing to blow up a Broward County school in custody.

November 23, 2010- A Florida woman who the FBI says e-mailed a South Florida radio station and threatened ``something big'' at a Broward school, paralyzing the nation's sixth-largest school district earlier this month, was arrested Tuesday in California after investigators traced her e-mail address and cellphone to her home north of St. Petersburg.

The woman, Ellisa Martinez, 48, was taken into custody in the Los Angeles area Tuesday following a nearly two-week long investigation by the FBI and state law enforcement authorities. According to new details outlined in a criminal complaint, it appears she acted alone.

She is charged with interstate communication of a threat to injure another. If convicted, she could face up to five years' imprisonment, followed by supervised release.

The e-mail and subsequent phone call from Martinez was part of a bizarre chain of events that eventually led conservative radio talk show host Joyce Kaufman to reject the position of chief of staff to newly elected Rep. Allen West.

West, who defeated incumbent Democratic Rep. Ron Klein on Nov. 2, had named Kaufman to the high-profile job not long before she received the threatening e-mail.

Kaufman, according to authorities, did not know Martinez. She has a midday program at WFTL-AM (850).

In the e-mail tirade sent to Kaufman in the early hours of Nov. 10, the writer bemoaned illegal immigrants, Jews, Muslims and the ``Illuminati'' and mentioned former Republican vice presidential candidate Sarah Palin, according to the complaint.

Sent from the e-mail account billxyz@live.com, the note started out saying how exciting it was that Kaufman would speak for Congressman-elect West. She was ``especially excited'' about Kaufman's comments regarding the Second Amendment, which includes the right to bear arms.

``I am so glad you support people who think like me,'' the e-mail read.

The e-mail then went on to say the writer was planning ``something big'' at a Broward government building, maybe a post office or a school.

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