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Man arrested for sending threatening ‘white powder’ letter to Trump Jr. family

An arrest has been made in the case involving an envelope containing white powder that was delivered two weeks ago to the Manhattan apartment of Donald Trump Jr. and his wife Vanessa. The envelope also contained a threatening letter.

Authorities arrested Daniel Frisiello, 24, at his home in Beverly, Massachusetts, Thursday morning as he was about to head to work, according to a statement made by federal prosecutors in Boston. He has since been suspended from his job at Catholic Charities’ Peabody Child Care Center.

Glitter bomb

Investigators nabbed Frisiello by analyzing the contents of another threatening letter he sent. Fox News reported:

Authorities were able to track down Frisiello by analyzing a “glitter bomb” letter — a prank where envelopes are filled with glitter — sent to Stanford University law professor Michele Dauber.

Investigators matched the text font in the “glitter bomb” threat to those seen on the letters of the white-powder envelopes.

The owner of the website confirmed that Frisiello had ordered the letter. The owner also said that Frisiello tried to order 10 more letters sent to others, including members of Trump’s family, but the owner did not accept the order because “the messages appeared threatening or inappropriate,” NBC reported.

Others targeted

In addition to Trump Jr. and Dauber, Frisiello sent similar threats to three public figures across the United States during the last few weeks.

Those letters targeted actor Antonio Sabato Jr., who is seeking a congressional seat in California, U.S. Sen. Debbie Stabenow, D-Mich., and Nicola Hanna, the interim U.S. Attorney for the Central District of California.

Emotional harm

Although none of the recipients were physically harmed, they were nonetheless affected emotionally.

“These kinds of hoaxes may not cause physical harm but they scare the heck out of people because most of us recall the Anthrax mailings of the early 2000s, when five people were killed,” said U.S. Attorney Andrew E. Lelling, according to NBC News 4 New York. “These hoaxes are easy to pull off — all you need is an envelope, a stamp and a white powdery substance. So you’ll see this office aggressively pursue these kinds of cases.”

After Vanessa Trump opened the letter addressed to her husband, she was hospitalized and the area was decontaminated as a precaution. The substance turned out to be cornstarch. Trump Jr. later tweeted:

The letter accompanying the white powder was equally alarming.

“You are an awful, awful person. I am surprised that your father lets you speak on TV. You the family idiot. Eric looks smart,” the letter said.

“This is the reason why people hate you. You are getting what you deserve. So shut the F— UP.”

The Trump letter was postmarked in Boston on Feb. 7, with an American flag stamp and had no return address. It arrived at the Trump apartment on Feb. 12.

Authorities charged Frisiello with “mailing threat to injure the person of another and false information and hoaxes,” Fox News reported.