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Man Arrested For Violent Threats

Independence National Historical Park

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Last June 2nd, park dispatch received a phone call from a Philadelphia police officer advising of a threatening posting that he’d discovered on a popular internet website called Craigslist. The posting was under the “Personals, Rants and Raves” section, which displayed a heading that read “I am a killer” and went on to describe shooting someone with a shotgun in the park. Upon receiving this posting, the park immediately doubled up patrols and went on elevated alert. On June 3rd, investigators contacted a representative from Craigslist and obtained the Yahoo email address and an IP address associated with the posting. This information in turn lead to a suspect by the name of Robert Ortgiesen of Limerick, Pennsylvania.  Through extensive additional investigation, it was discovered that Ortgiesen had written two additional posts, one of which described killing his wife and family and the other about “f****** the police.” As a result of these postings, the park, in consultation with the US Attorney’s Office, obtained and issued a search warrant for Ortgiesen’s residence.  On June 16th, protection rangers, Limerick SWAT team members, and Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms K-9 agents served the warrant and seized numerous items as evidence. Ortgiesen’s computer was found to contain the threatening postings, and, as a result, an arrest warrant was issued for him on November 16th. Rangers and Limerick PD officers executed the warrant the next day. Ortgiesen was booked into a federal detention center on a charge of knowingly transmitting in interstate commerce a communication which threatened to injure the person of another (18 USC 875). Ortgiesen was released on $50,000 bail and is awaiting his court date.


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