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Former Baltimore state's attorney spokeswoman says pipe bomb suspect threatened her on Twitter this month

The Baltimore Sun

The Florida man arrested for allegedly mailing 13 pipe bombs to various Democratic public figures and CNN may have threatened the former spokeswoman for the Baltimore state’s attorney on social media this month.

Rochelle Ritchie, a former Baltimore journalist and former spokeswoman for Baltimore State’s Attorney Marilyn Mosby, tweeted Friday that she had reported to Twitter an alleged threat from an account connected to the suspect.

Cesar Sayoc, 56, of Adventura, Fla., was arrested Friday in connection with the mail-bomb scare that earlier widened to 13 suspicious packages sent to prominent Democrats.

A Twitter account that the South Florida Sun Sentinel reported was believed to be Sayoc’s shows a tweet to Ritchie sent Oct. 11 stating “So you like make threats.We Unconquered Seminole Tribe will answer your threats.We have nice silent Air boat ride for u here on our land Everglades Swamp .We will see you 4 sure.Hug your loved ones real close every time you leave home.”

Ritchie did not immediately respond to messages requesting comment Friday.

She tweeted Friday that she reported the account to Twitter and was told that there was no violation of the Twitter rules against abusive behavior.

Twitter tweeted late Friday: “We made a mistake when Rochelle Ritchie first alerted us to the threat made against her. The Tweet clearly violated our rules and should have been removed. We are deeply sorry for that error.”

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