JAMESTOWN – A Jamestown resident and former member of the Jamestown Police Department faces federal charges for threatening another person over the Internet.
A media release sent out Wednesday from the office of U.S. Attorney William Hochul, Jr. says that 35 year-old Michael Bush was arrested and charged by criminal complaint with transmitting communication containing a threat to injure the person of another. The charge carries a maximum of five years in prison, a fine of $250,000 or both.
According to the complaint, Bush is accused of posting a threat against two individuals in the Jamestown Police Department on the Jamestown, New York Topix forum website. The post was allegedly made on February 26, 2016.
The complaint is the culmination of an investigation by the Jamestown Police Department and the FBI.
In 2013, Bush was placed on Administrative leave from the JPD after being arrested following an off-duty incident at his Town of Ellicott home. During that incident he was charged with obstructing governmental administration after officers were called to his home and found Bush in the home armed with a weapon, threatening harm to himself. After three he finally allowed police to get him medical attention.
Bush appeared before U.S. Magistrate Judge H. Kenneth Schroeder on Wednesday. A detention hearing is scheduled for April 7, 2016.