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Department of Justice
U.S. Attorney’s Office
Western District of New York

Tuesday, August 20, 2013

Rochester Woman Under Indictment for Threatening to Kill the President Arrested for Violating Pre-Trial Release Conditions


          ROCHESTER, N.Y.– U.S. Attorney William J. Hochul, Jr. announced today that Christine Wright Darrisaw, 37, of Rochester, N.Y., who is currently under indictment for threatening to kill the President and making a false statement to Secret Service Agents, was arrested and charged with violating her conditions of pre-trial release.
Assistant U.S. Attorney Craig R. Gestring, who is handling the case, stated that following the defendant’s arraignment in August 2012, Darrisaw was released on conditions pending trial. On August 19, 2013, the Government moved to have the defendant arrested and detained based on several recent police contacts, including arrests, Darrisaw has had while on release awaiting trial.

            According to the motion filed by the Government, the defendant was arrested by the Rochester Police Department on July 12, 2013 for disorderly conduct. On July 25, 2013, a warrant was issued for the defendant’s arrest after Darrisaw allegedly entered the Rochester Library which she is banned from entering.

            On August 12, 2013, during an incident at the Webster Avenue Rec Center, the defendant allegedly told a victim “My husband has guns. I’m gonna shoot you! I’ll shoot every guy here, and I’ll kill anyone that touches my kids!” before making a reference to President Obama. And on August 14, 2013, Darrisaw allegedly called the Social Security Administration’s 800 Number and stated “I am going to the office tomorrow and take that agent to hell with me” before ending the call.

The defendant is being held pending a detention hearing which is scheduled for August 23, 2013 at 9:30 a.m. before U.S. Magistrate Judge Jonathan W. Feldman.

            The arrest is the culmination of an investigation on the part of Special Agents of the United States Secret Service, under the direction of Special Agent in Charge, Tracy Gast.

            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 December 8, 2014