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Baptist pastor among the recipients of the suspect threatening letters, authorities say

Dr. Robert Jeffress is pastor of the First Baptist Church of Dallas.

A California man arrested in Tulsa, Okla., this month is accused of mailing more than 40 threatening letters in the entire country to a list of recipients, which is equipped with a Baptist pastor in Dallas, according to a report.

The suspect, identified as Darnell Ray Owens, 32, of Sacramento, stands a seven-count indictment, which was handed down Thursday by a federal grand jury, the Dallas Morning News reported.

Owens was awaiting extradition to California for the grace of the costs, the report said.

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“I will kill you from your pastor in the name of Allah,” Owens wrote in a letter to the 13,000-member of the First Baptist Church in Dallas, according to the federal authorities. The municipality is headed by Dr. Robert Jeffress, a Fox News contributor.

“I will burn down the Christian churches … this is a threat,” the letter to the Dallas church remained. The letter also contained a white powder that turned out not to be harmful, Dallas Fire-Rescue spokesman Jason Evans told the newspaper.

Another letter was sent to an elected official in Sacramento, the Sacramento Bee reported.

“I knew that you didn’t charge that corrupt, racist police,” the letter said, according to the Bee. “You have failed this city and the people. So I’m making a threat on your life, I will kill you with a bullet to your head, you will not survive I will be watching your body shake as the life in the leaves.”

The letter appeared to refer to the case of Stephon Clark, a 22-year-old black man who was killed by police in California’s capital city in March 2018.

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In other letters, Owens threatened to LGBTQ groups and individuals, police, apartment complexes, white people, Christians, and even members of his own family, the Morning News reported.

The costs that Owens faces are identity theft because the letters had false return addresses, the report said. Other costs are a threat or hoax involving a biological weapon, the Morning News reported.

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