Fairview Park man threatened to kill Donald Trump in election-night tweets: Secret Service


Zachary Benson (Photo courtesy: Cuyahoga County Sheriff’s Department)

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FAIRVIEW PARK, Ohio– A Northeast Ohio man is facing charges after a series of election-night tweets threatening the president elect.

Zachary Benson, of Fairview Park, is charged with making threats against successors to the presidency.

While election results were coming in early Wednesday morning, Benson posted to Twitter about Donald Trump, said the criminal complaint filed in U.S. District Court.

“I want to bomb every one of your voting booths and your general areas,” he said, according to the Secret Service agent. “My life goal is to assassinate Trump. Don’t care if I serve infinite sentences. That made deserves to decease existing.”

A U.S. Secret Service agent interviewed Benson at the Cleveland field office in Independence later on Nov. 9. He told investigators he never had any intentions of harming Trump or the general public.

Benson said he had just returned from having a few beers with his dad when he posted the tweets. According to the Secret Service, he was very apologetic.

Benson’s friend told authorities he is very opinionated, but usually keeps to himself and is not a violent person.

Benson was taken to the Cuyahoga County Jail. He was released on Monday.

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