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U.S. Attorney’s Office
District of Colorado

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Tuesday, January 17, 2023

Evergreen Man Arrested for Making Threats of Violence to Law Enforcement Agencies and a Performing Arts Group

DENVER – The United States Attorney’s Office for the District of Colorado announces Kyle William Staebell, age 33, of Evergreen, has been arrested and charged by criminal complaint with making threats to commit mass violence.

According to the criminal complaint, in the early morning hours of January 16, 2023, the defendant allegedly made threats of violence to the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) office in Denver, an office of the Department of Homeland Security, and a Colorado-based performing arts group. Staebell made one such threat directly to FBI’s offices using the FBI’s National Threat Operations Center online tip line. He made another series of threats using a social media account. He also used email to make a threat of violence to the performing arts group.

The defendant made his initial appearance before Magistrate Judge James P. O’Hara on January 17, 2023.

“The U.S. Attorney’s Office takes very seriously any threat to commit mass violence. We commend our law enforcement partners for taking swift action to investigate this case. We specifically want to thank the FBI, the Denver Police Department, the Lakewood Police Department, and the Jefferson County Sheriff’s Office,” said United States Attorney Cole Finegan.

This case is being investigated by the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) Denver Division. Assistant United States Attorneys Andrea Surratt and Laura Cramer-Babycz are handling the prosecution.

The charges in the complaint are allegations, and the defendant is presumed innocent until proven guilty beyond a reasonable doubt.

CASE NUMBER: 23-mj-00016

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Deborah Takahara Public Affairs Specialist deborah.takahara@usdoj.gov
Updated January 17, 2023