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Rep. William Snyder - MyFloridaHouse.gov

Web Update – Feb. 10, 3:00 p.m.

Michele Catalano, Manny Pintado’s sister, provided the Collegian Tuesday evening with further information about Mr. Pintado, the University of Massachusetts student suspected of threatening a Florida lawmaker and his family over a contentious immigration bill. Catalano said she is not a resident of Bergen County, N.J., although her phone number is registered to that area code, but that she is a resident of New Jersey. She also said that, despite reports from David Entin, a friend and fellow parishioner of Pintado’s at First Churches Northampton, Pintado does not have a daughter at Princeton University, or a daughter at all.

Web update: 5:23 p.m.

The Daily Collegian obtained a statement from Rep. William Snyder, the Stuart, Fla. state representative who was the target of threatening emails allegedly sent by a University of Massachusetts student.

Snyder said he is grateful to law enforcement in Florida and Massachusetts for their efforts, and glad Manuel Pintado, the suspect in the case, is in custody.

“I am grateful to the Martin County Sheriff’s office and the arresting officers from the Northampton Police Department for their dedication to the protection of public safety and am thankful that the individual is in custody and will be brought to justice,” he said.

Florida House of Representatives Press Secretary Lyndsey Cruley said neither Rep. Snyder nor any other Florida lawmakers are taking any additional precautions or security measures, and that Rep. Snyder is continuing with his legislative business as usual.

“No, Rep. Snyder did not take any additional precautions,” she said, “he notified the Florida Department of Law Enforcement (FDLE) and local law enforcement in Martin County, and at this point is back to his duties,” she said.

Manuel Pintado - Northampton Police Department

Manuel Pintado - Northampton Police Department

Web update: 4:36 p.m.

University of Massachusetts Executive Director of News and Media Relations Ed Blaguszewski confirmed that Manuel Pintado, the individual arrested in connection with sending threatening emails to a Florida lawmaker last night, is enrolled as a student at UMass.

Blaguszewski could not discuss specifics of whether or not the Dean of Students office would pursue sanctions against Pintado, but said that in situations where a student is arrested and the University becomes aware of charges, the Dean of Students generally commences proceedings.

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A University of Massachusetts student is awaiting extradition to Southeast Florida for allegedly making threatening emails to a Florida state representative.

Manuel Pintado, 47, of Northampton was being held at the Hampshire County House of Corrections in Northampton after police there took him into custody at the request of Martin County, Florida law enforcement.

Pintado was arrested last night for allegedly sending Rep. William D. Snyder, a Republican representing Florida’s House district 82, a message attacking him for his involvement in a bill which would allow police to ask anyone for proof of citizenship, according to a release from the Martin County Sheriff’s Office.

According to the Feb. 1 statement, the text of the email read “To the Honorable William D. Snyder; You better just stop that ridiculous law if you value you rand your familie’s lives ashole.”

Snyder’s office received the communication Jan. 8, and contacted Martin County Sheriff Robert L. Crowder’s office the next day.

Martin County Investigations Division Detective Brian Broughton then commenced an investigation to identify the sender and the legitimacy of the threat. Broughton was able to determine the sender of the unsigned email was Pintado, after tracing the email’s origin to a public access wireless Internet line originating at the Starbucks at 211 Main Street in downtown Northampton, a short distance from Pintado’s Hampton Street residence.

Broughton then contacted Northampton Police seeking support in the investigation. Northampton PD interviewed Pintado, who, according to the release, told police in the Pioneer Valley’s anchor city he views himself as a “political activist.” According to the release, Pintado admitted to NPD that he had sent the message, and said he believed Snyder was seeking to abolish the 14th Amendment, which establishes that all people “born or naturalized in the United States” are citizens of the U.S.

Snyder has led the charge in the Florida house on drafting an immigration bill which some have compared to the controversial law in Arizona which allows police to ask any citizen for proof of immigration papers or citizenship.

Pintado told Northampton Police he did not wish to harm Snyder, but also said “he was glad the email made him nervous.” Broughton was also able to confirm that Pintado had traveled from Massachusetts to Florida last December, “giving him the ability to carry out a threat against Representative Snyder.”

Broughton then secured warrants for Pintado’s arrest on charges of corruption by threat, a third-degree felony, and written threat to kill or do bodily harm, a second-degree felony.

Last night at approximately 8 p.m., Pintado was taken into custody without struggle in Northampton. According to the release, Pintado “has a history of multiple arrests in the Northeast,” and “lists his occupation as a student at the University of Massachusetts.”

Several phone calls to UMass’ executive director of news and media relations Ed Blaguszewski’s office and home phones were unreturned immediately, but a report in the Springfield Republican stated that Blaguszewski confirmed Pintado was a student at the University. Calls to the Registrar’s Office were also unanswered, as the office has closed due to the snow storm blanketing much of the Northeast.

In the statement, Martin County Sheriff Robert L. Crowder said he was glad his organization had been able to coordinate with its counterparts in Western Massachusetts to protect a public servant.

“The safety of those who serve the public, in any capacity, is of utmost importance and a matter we take very seriously,” he said. “This individual made a serious threat to both Representative Snyder and his family, and that is something that law enforcement and the citizens of the State of Florida will not tolerate.”

Northampton PD Capt. Scott Savino was reached before press time, but did not return calls seeking comment on the nature of the arrest and Pintado’s extradition status before press time. Calls to Snyder’s Tallahassee office were unanswered as of press time, and his Stuart, Fla. office was reached but did not deliver comment by press time.

Click here for further updates of this story.

Sam Butterfield can be reached at sbutterfield@dailycollegian.com.

Comments
25 Responses to “UMass student arrested for alleged e-mail threat”
  1. stallmorce says:

    Let me say that the “United Forensic College” is the friendliest, most helpful and accessible college out there right now. The Criminal Justice curriculum isn’t going to overwhelm you.

  2. Diggs says:

    Based on the grammar and misspellings, I’m guessing he’s a senior at UMass.

  3. Allan E. says:

    Lets see now. Manuel Pintado, 47 year old lefty activist student arrested for making death threats to a Republican Legislator. Wait a minute ! He’s a Lefty Student Activist ! How could they have arrested him ! It is every Lefty Student Activists inalienable right to make death threats. It is only a crime if a conservative does this. Or can be accused of maybe thinking about maybe doing this. Oh the iniquity! Oh the injustice !

  4. geek49203 says:

    Given the spelling of this threat, betting U-Mass is sooo proud of this guy.

    Of course, the threat itself is the norm in some circles on campus I’m betting. Just another example of the oppressed speaking truth to power, and “the man” acting to crush the opposition, thus showing the violence inherent in the system…

  5. Jill says:

    Sarah Palin really needs to get here act together.

  6. Mike Constitution says:

    Though it does not fit the narrative, the reality is it is the left that owns political violence.

  7. warlord says:

    Someone notify Napolitano,this, qualifies as domestic terrorism.Being a veteran does not.

  8. Al says:

    His intentions were so loving and caring. It’s those damn Republicans who turned him into a homicidal maniac. At least he’s trying to make a difference! It’s not what you do, it’s how you feeeeeeel!

  9. Rocky Lore says:

    No surprise, a brown supremacist criminal. The fascist Democrats will defend him. What happened to all that civility you were lecturing us about?

  10. Klaus says:

    “Snyder has led the charge in the Florida house on drafting an immigration bill which some have compared to the controversial law in Arizona which allows police to ask any citizen for proof of immigration papers or citizenship.”

    This is not true. The Arizona law only allowed the check if they were already being detained for other reasons.

    Try some honest reporting, people will respect you more.

  11. J. Knight says:

    I’m still waiting for Ed, Rachel and Contessa to report on these death threats and the arrest of this “community organizer and college student”. How does this guy make a living? I really know, it was a trick question for any liberal who might wonder.

  12. MA taxpayer says:

    Why you call the threat “alleged” in article headline? It was confirmed by 2 police departments and Manuel Pintado himself.
    Since it’s an article – not a court hearing – it’s not longer “alleged”. If there’s any credible doubt that this threat was made it’s not mentioned anywhere in the article

    What’s the legal status of Manuel Pintado – citizen/permanent resident/on student visa/illegal alien?

    Who is paying for his education at UMass – except himself (including taxpayers in MA)?

    For which were the violations he was arrested before (“…multiple arrests in the Northeast”)

  13. BoBo from Texas says:

    Manuel Pintado, the face of Hope&Change!!

  14. WJ says:

    So we don’t know whether Loughner was paying attention to Palin, Limbaugh, et. al., but we know for a fact that Pintado was listening to his UMass professors. Time to shut down those purveyors of hate.

  15. Craig says:

    The NY Times could not be reached for comment.

  16. Klondike Kat says:

    A 47 yr old “student.” Right.

  17. Jay says:

    I didn’t even know college students knew about illegal immigration, politics or even who their Representative was.

  18. Humeskeptic says:

    ‘We’re going to punish our enemies and we’re going to reward our friends who stand with us on issues that are important to us”

  19. Wondering says:

    Let’s see, why would Manuel Pintado be concerned that people might be asked to show proof of citizenship? Could he be a racial activitist trying to promote amnesty for his latino race-alikes? After all, an estimated 85% of illegal aliens in the U.S. are from latino countries and couldn’t produce proof of citizenship if asked.

    A 47-year-old college student? I wonder how many classes he is taking? A full load? Or just enough to get him access to the campus so he can promote the race-alike agenda?

    This legislator must be doing something right.

  20. jo says:

    Another left wing gutless coward.

  21. Christopher Colbert says:

    “attacking him for his involvement in a bill which would allow police to ask anyone for proof of citizenship”

    “some have compared to the controversial law in Arizona which allows police to ask any citizen for proof of immigration papers or citizenship.”

    The Florida bill, assuming it really is similar to to the Arizona bill, wouldn’t allow police to ask ANYONE for proof of citizenship. The Arizona bill only allowed police to request proof of citizenship from people already being detained for other reasons. That’s a lot different.

    Why is this blatant lie constantly repeated but so rarely challenged?

  22. Nico says:

    Could we talk about the issues and nuance here, rather than focus on baseless accusations of UMass student apathy and ignorance, or toss around empty accusations of “Liberal!” or “Conservative!”?

    Two people have argued with the columnist’s description of the Arizona bill “which would allow police to ask anyone for proof of citizenship.”
    The original bill did require police to ask for the papers of anyone who could be reasonably suspected of being an illegal alien (someone brown? speaking with an accent? eating a taco?) A later amendment specifies that the police are required to ask for papers only in the case of a “lawful stop, detention, or arrest” of the suspect.
    That is a change — but does it really solve the problem? No. Police routinely use the pretext of a minor transgression (e.g. plate light out, jaywalking) to investigate some other suspicion. Sometimes you might call this legitimate or at least good (someone carrying an unlicensed gun on the way to commit a crime), at other times harassment (teenagers, blacks, the poor, routinely stopped ‘just in case’).
    It is reasonable to assume that police will be encouraged to do that in this case as well.

    Here is an article in Forbes(written before the amendment) from a conservative point of view — about the law and its dangers to civil liberty.
    See especially the second page:
    http://www.forbes.com/2010/04/28/arizona-immigration-law-health-opinions-columnists-shikha-dalmia.html

  23. Joe says:

    And a hush fell over the internet.

  24. Ronin555 says:

    Illegal immigration is a real problem. However, allowing the police to stop people on the suspicion of they’re being in the country illegally is not the solution. Until this country gets serious about companies hiring illegals, the problem will persist.

  25. Dutch says:

    Despite the right wing posters wishes, Mr. pintado is
    Hardly a left wing activist. He is a mentally unstable
    Character here in town who is a constant problem
    at local stores and institutions. The groundless
    assumptions and pontificating on the web by posters with no
    direct knowledge of the situations about which they post is a
    sad indication of the level of discourse on the web. Both left
    and right-wing ideologues alike hang out on news sites all day long
    waiting for any news story to comment on, regardless of the facts, because
    They think it bolsters and proves their limited and isolated world view.
    Manuel is just your garden variety hostile lunatic, the notion of him
    having some consistent political beliefs is ludicrous to anyone who has to deal with one of his outbursts.

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