A Venezuelan man charged with making threatening phone calls to residents of Newtown is making his initial court appearance in Connecticut today.
30-year old Wilfredo Cardenas Hoffman of Venezuela, was arrested in June in Miami on a federal criminal complaint charging him with making numerous threatening phone calls, two days after the shootings at Sandy Hook Elementary School. On May 20th of last year, Cardenas Hoffman was charged in a criminal complaint with transmitting threats and the redacted copy was unsealed Monday.
Newtown residents who believe that they received a threatening call during that time are encouraged to call the Victim/Witness Coordinator for the U.S. Attorney’s Office, Lori Vernali, at 203-821-3818.
In one of the telephone calls, Cardenas Hoffman allegedly stated: “This is Adam Lanza. I’m gonna [expletive] kill you. You’re dead. You’re dead. You hear me? You’re dead.” In another phone call, Hoffman allegedly stated: “This is Adam Lanza. I’m gonna kill you. You’re dead. With my machine gun. You’re dead [expletive].”
U.S. Attorney Deirdre Daly says threatening such vulnerable people is reprehensible and inhuman criminal conduct. She added that it inappropriately stressed law enforcement resources at a critically demanding time. Daly says this case demonstrates that her office and the FBI will arrest individuals who believe that international boundaries will protect them from prosecution in the United States.
FBI Special Agent in Charge Patricia Ferrick says the motivation to catch criminals runs deep within the FBI, but the pursuit of criminals who prey on innocent victims motivates agents like nothing else. She said that someone can so callously prey on a community with such hate and vitriol is beyond comprehension.