FBI Cleveland
Special Agent Vicki Anderson-Gregg
(216) 522-1400
February 12, 2018

Man Arrested for Physical Threats Attempting to Interfere with an Investigation

The Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) and the United States Attorney’s Office, Northern District of Ohio, announce the arrest of Raynard Clayton, 34 years old, of Akron, Ohio.

Clayton was placed into custody by the Adult Parole Authority on Thursday, February 8, 2018, without incident. This morning, Monday, February 12th, Clayton was transferred to federal custody by FBI agents assigned to the FBI Akron Resident Agency.

Clayton is charged with transmitting in interstate commerce a threat to injure another person and also threatening a person with physical force with the intent to hinder, delay, or prevent communication to a law enforcement officer.

Clayton is alleged to have posted a publicly available Facebook Live video, approximately 21 minutes in length, threatening to assault and kill an individual known to law enforcement. In the video, Clayton, also known as Raynard Dutch, stated “I’ll shoot you point blank range, no mask......Get you and your family wrapped up. AR-15, you know what I mean.” Clayton continues on stating, “…basically what I’m sayin’ to you is keep my name out your mouth fo (before) I take yo (your) life.” Clayton also stated in the video, “The best type of cop is a dead cop.”

Clayton will appear in U.S. Magistrate Judge Kathleen Burke’s courtroom for an initial appearance this afternoon.

A complaint is only a charge and is not evidence of guilt. The defendant is entitled to a fair trial in which it will be the government’s burden to prove guilt beyond a reasonable doubt.

Any questions regarding this news release can be directed to SA Vicki D Anderson at the Cleveland Office of the FBI, 216-522-1400 or Vdanderson@fbi.gov.