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Buffalo Man Charged With Threatening The President, A Former President And Multiple Presidential Candidates

For Immediate Release
U.S. Attorney's Office, Western District of New York

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BUFFALO, N.Y.-U.S. Attorney William J. Hochul Jr. announced today that Joseph Conrad Goode, 21, of Cheektowaga, NY, was arrested and charged by criminal complaint with threatening the President, threatening a former President, and threatening a major candidate for Office of the President of the United States. The charges carry...

Assistant U.S. Attorney Mary C. Baumgarten, who is handling the case, stated that according to the complaint, on April 7, 2016, the United States Secret Service Buffalo Field Office received information that the defendant threatened to injure and kill Barack Obama, William Clinton, Donald Trump, Hillary Clinton, and Ted Cruz.

Among others things, the defendant allegedly said:

• He was going to get a "high powered rifle and kill all the presidential candidates," and that he "is the kind of person ready to snap and shoot up a public place."

• “Bill Clinton is only a couple hours away and I am going to f------ kill him along with Donald Trump, Ted Cruz and all of the FBI." Goode also said he had a sniper rifle and was going to get it when he got out of here [ECMC].

• Wanted to kill Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump.

• The defendant’s goal in killing presidential candidates was to "see the world burn."

The defendant will make an initial appearance today at 11:30 a.m. before U.S. Magistrate Judge H. Kenneth Schroeder.

The complaint is the result of an investigation by the United States Secret Service, under the direction of Special Agent in Charge C. Todd Laster.

The fact that a defendant has been charged with a crime is merely an accusation and the defendant is presumed innocent until and unless proven guilty.     

Updated April 8, 2016