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Columbia County Man Indicted For Forcibly Assaulting And Threatening To Kill Two United States Secret Service Agents

For Immediate Release
U.S. Attorney's Office, Middle District of Florida

Jacksonville, Florida – United States Attorney Roger B. Handberg announces the return of an indictment charging Eric Evan Brown (57, White Springs) with interstate transmission of a threat to injure, threatening a United States Secret Service Protectee, two counts of forcibly assaulting a federal officer without use of a deadly weapon, and two counts of threatening a federal official. If convicted, Brown faces up to 10 years in federal prison for each count of threatening a federal official, up to 8 years in prison for each count of forcibly assaulting a federal officer, and up to 5 years in prison for the transmission of a threat and threat against a U.S. Secret Service Protectee. Brown made his appearance in federal court on May 20, 2024, and was ordered detained.

According to court documents, on April 7, 2024, Brown posted on X/Twitter a threatening communication to kill the spouse of a former president of the United States. On May 9, 2024, while two U.S. Secret Service agents were conducting a follow up investigation regarding the threat against the Protectee, Brown threatened to assault and murder both agents.

 An indictment is merely a formal charge that a defendant has committed one or more violations of federal criminal law, and every defendant is presumed innocent unless, and until, proven guilty. 

This case was investigated by the U.S. Secret Service – Jacksonville Field Office, with assistance from the Columbia County Sheriff’s Office. It will be prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney Kevin C. Frein.

Updated May 21, 2024