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Beth Anne Steele
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September 15, 2021

FBI Arrests Albany Man in Threat Case

FBI agents, with the assistance of the Albany Police Department, arrested David Scott Ryder, age 64, this morning, September 15, 2021, on charges of interstate transmission of a threat and stalking. The arrest, based on a criminal complaint, involved threats allegedly made to an Oregon public official. The threats included three emailed messages between August 10, 2021, and August 23, 2021. They also included a voice mail left on an office phone on August 23, 2021. Some of the statements included:

  • “… all the people that won’t get your FAKE [expletive] vaccine are the same ones who you will see hang you in a public place for crimes against America. Resign today!!!”
  • “I wish you would show your face you punk! I’d take your WORTHLESS SOUL from you. [Expletive] ALL DEMOCRAT COMMUNISTS like you. Resign today! I’d love to get my [expletive] hands around your neck SCUM!!!”
  • “… if you don’t call me back, I’m going to start sending threats and then we’ll get some of your [expletive] little cop friends down here to see me and I’m going to [expletive] kill them. They come in my [expletive] yard. Anybody from the state or federal come in my yard, I’ll kill them.”

Ryder made his initial appearance before a U.S. Magistrate Judge today. The judge ordered him released pending further court proceedings. “Threats of any kind against a public official are not acceptable in this country,” said Kieran L. Ramsey. “Anyone who has information about threatened criminal activity or violence should contact the FBI at 1-800-CALL-FBI or online at tips.fbi.gov.” A criminal complaint is only an accusation of a crime, and a defendant is presumed innocent unless and until proven guilty.