A 33-year-old self-professed “Proud Boy” was arrested Wednesday by the Dickinson Police Department on C-Felony Terrorizing charges after sending an anonymous email to The Dickinson Press in which he conveyed a bomb threat, targeting a voting location in the city.
Anthony A. Raymond of Dickinson was arrested and incarcerated at the Southwest Multi-County Correction Center after a prompt investigation administered by Dickinson Police Detectives. The anonymous email threat was received by The Press Wednesday afternoon.
The email stated, “I will blow up the voting location in Stark Co.,” and it was signed by “The Proud Boys.”
The “Proud Boys” is a far-right and neo-facist male-only organization that has been known to encourage political violence — especially centered on counter protests against ANTIFA, a left-wing political movement in the United States that aims to achieve their objectives through the use of violence.
Dickinson Police Capt. Joe Cianni said the investigation team were able to determine the IP address and locate Raymond, by tracing the origin of the email that was sent.
The Dickinson Police Department receives only a handful of community threats per year and this most recent incident is the first one related to a polling location, Cianni noted. However it is “locked down,” he said, explaining that the Dickinson Police Department has a zero-tolerance policy toward terroristic threats.
“I think this is an isolated incident and we don’t believe that anyone is in any immediate danger and can safely vote at any of the various polling locations located in Stark County or other jurisdictions within North Dakota and feel safe to be able to cast their vote,” Cianni said. “This should not [prevent] them from feeling safe or casting their vote.”
Cianni described Raymond as an "intellectually challenged Dickinson resident" who is not believed to have any affiliation with the Proud Boys.
The investigation is still ongoing as Dickinson Police Detectives sift through video surveillance footage, Cianni said, adding that Raymond is facing a C-Felony charge, and the courts will decide how to pursue the matter predicated on Raymond’s criminal record.
“I really don’t know why people do some of the things they do. Some of them have some issues going on in their lives and mental health disabilities. There’s such a variety of things which causes people to commit crimes that I can’t really pin it down,” he said. “... It could be as bad as someone having a bad day and frustrated with what’s been occurring throughout the day or throughout the week.”
This story is ongoing and will be updated as soon as more information becomes available.
Editor's Note: A previous version of this article incorrectly identified Joe Cianni by the wrong rank. The article has been updated to reflect his correct rank.