Man arrested for threatening to kill Yonkers, NY mayor and police at parade
March 18 (UPI) — Authorities say they have arrested a New Yorker for allegedly threatening to kill the mayor of Yonkers and police at a St. Patrick’s Day parade.
Ministry of Justice accused Rydon Cola, 32, for posting threatening messages on social media saying he would “kill” and “crucify” Yonkers police officers “all over” McLean Avenue during the city’s St. Patrick’s Day parade.
Cola was arrested on Friday, the day before the parade. Prosecutors also alleged that Cola pledged his support to the Islamic terrorist group ISIS.
“Ridon Kola posted threats to law enforcement on social media, declaring his support for ISIS and his intention to kill numerous police officers,” U.S. Attorney Damian Williams said in a statement. “Undeterred after interrogation by law enforcement, Cola’s demeanor escalated as he continued to assure the police that his threats would be carried out.”
The Justice Department said that in November 2021, Kola posted a message in Albanian on the Yonkers Police Department’s official social media account, which translates to “I’m going to stab you little girls.”
The following month, he issued another message with similar threats to the lives of police officers, as well as the life of the mayor of Yonkers, prosecutors said, continuing to make such threats until earlier this month.
Kolya is charged with making threatening interstate communications, which carries a maximum penalty of five years in prison.
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