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Celebrity blacks threatened; man indicted

April 10, 2008 at 1:32 AM   |   Comments

CLEVELAND, April 10 (UPI) -- An Ohio man is accused of threatening well-known African-Americans, including U.S. Supreme Court Associate Justice Clarence Thomas, prosecutors said Wednesday.

A federal indictment charges David A. Tuason of Pepper Pike, Ohio, in two counts of transmitting threatening interstate communications and six counts of mailing threatening communications.

The U.S. attorney's office for northern Ohio said in a statement that Tuason "intended to threaten and intimidate with bodily injury African-American males known to affiliate with white females." Without naming names, the statement said the indictment alleges Tuason threatened "an associate justice of the U.S. Supreme Court, athletes and entertainers" in the Cleveland area and across the United States.

In some instances, the indictment alleges, children of mixed race parents also were targeted.

Tuason also is alleged to have threatened to blow up the facility or building in which the targeted victim was located.

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