More than 20 weapons seized from the home of the man charged with the intimidation of journalists, authorities say

The authorities in California said they seized a small arsenal of weapons and ammunition from the house of Robert Chain, 68, (photo left), who was charged with making death threats against journalists of The Boston Globe.

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The authorities in California said that they have a collection of weapons and ammunition in the home of a man who was charged Thursday threatening to kill journalists of the Boston Globe for her recent editorial comment on President Trump verbal attacks on the media.

Robert Chain, 68, of the Encino neighborhood of Los Angeles, was arrested in his house. He would be made of 14 threatening phone calls to the World, Aug. 10-22, prosecutors said.

The authorities seized more than 20 weapons and hundreds of rounds of ammunition from the Chain house, the Prosecutor of the V. S. Matt Rosenbaum said. While some of the weapons such as a shotgun near the front door, in plain view, others were hidden.

FBI agents remove evidence from the house of Robert Chain.

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The findings prompted prosecutors to ask a judge to keep the Chain held. However, Magistrate Judge Paul Abrams said he did not think that it is the “right to keep him in custody for a night.”

Encino man accused of threatening Boston Globe employees
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The prosecutors found no evidence that Chain, who has no criminal record, had planned to go to Boston. The authorities also do not indicate if one of the Chain, the guns were believed to be illegal possession.

Abrams allowed Chain to go after he and his wife, a lawyer, signed documents guarantees he follows conditions, such as the surrender of his passport and any other guns. Chain would have to pay $50,000 if any of the conditions are violated.


On Aug. 16, more than 300 publications in the country published editorials promoting the freedom of the press and push back in Trump’s attack on the media. The Boston Globe’s piece, entitled “Journalists are not the enemy,” wrote that the replacement of “free media, with a state-run media” was the “first order of business for a corrupt regime to take over a country.”

Necklace allegedly a World staffer that day, when the paper with the publication of her piece against Trump’s attacks from the press, from a blocked phone number and said that he was going to shoot workers in the head”, later today, around 4 pm,” according to the court documents, obtained by FOX11 Los Angeles.

Robert Chain, 68, walking alongside his wife, they let the Los Angeles court after he was released on bail on Aug. 30.


He also called the World journalists “the enemy of the people” and said that he would continue to be a threat to the paper until it stopped “betrayal and inflammatory” attacks on the Trumpet, according to the documents.

The police responded to the threats and more security on the paper from the offices.

Chain, who is retired from the international sale and trade enterprise, was scheduled to appear in a federal court in Boston on Sept. 24. He is facing a single charge of making a threatening communication in interstate commerce.

He can have up to five years in prison and pay $ 250,000 fine if convicted.

Fox News’ Katherine Lamb, Brooke Singman and the Associated Press contributed to this report.

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