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Maryland Man Arrested for Making Multiple Threats to Injure and Kill Hispanics

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

Eric Lin, 35, of Clarksburg, Maryland, was arrested on Friday, August 16, 2019, in Seattle, Washington, after being charged with Making Threatening Communications, in violation of Title 18, United States Code, Section 875(c) via a criminal complaint filed in Miami.  Lin made his initial appearance before a United States Magistrate Judge in Seattle.

Ariana Fajardo Orshan, United States Attorney for the Southern District of Florida and George L. Piro, Special Agent in Charge, Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI), Miami Field Office, made the announcement.  

According to allegations in the complaint, between May 30, 2019, and August 13, 2019, Eric Lin made multiple threatening communications via Facebook to injure and kill a South Florida resident and to kill all Hispanics in Miami and other places. 

U.S. Attorney Fajardo Orshan commended the investigative efforts of the FBI and the City of Miami Police Department.  The case is being prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney Maria K. Medetis.

            A complaint is merely an accusation and a defendant is presumed innocent unless and until proven guilty in a court of law. 

            Related court documents and information may be found on the website of the District Court for the Southern District of Florida at or on

Updated August 20, 2019