Police Arrest San Rafael Man For Alleged Death Threats To Senator

SAN RAFAEL (CBS SF) — A San Rafael man was arrested this morning for allegedly making death threats to U.S. Sen. Barbara Boxer.

A series of threatening messages were left on the voice mail of the senator’s office voice mail after business hours during the week of July 10, 2011, according to San Rafael police.

Police were contacted earlier this week, and an investigation identified the caller as Kevin Joseph O’Connell.

O’Connell, 47, was arrested near his home on East Francisco Boulevard and booked into Marin County Jail on one count of making criminal threats. Bail is set at $500,000 and he is scheduled to make his first court appearance on Tuesday, July 19th at 9 a.m.

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  • mechanic

    If I say (10) Hail Marys every night, and ask God to take Babs and Obummer, and Peloski that night by way of painful heart attacks; can I be legally charged with making “death threats”. ……. Uh, oh oh ……. I don’t really do that, then.

    • Golfer

      I guarantee you’re not alone.

    • JoeB

      So it’s OK to threaten somone who disaagrees with you? Maybe you should rethink your “Hail Mary’s” and spend some tine in confession with your priest. You certainly don’t sound like a Christian to me>

    • Ilove Jesus

      Yup, u sound like a loving christian and/or republican with a very high IQ, probably graduated from an Ivy league school or MIT or Cal Tech. God bless you!

  • Freedom From Religion

    Probably a Bagger. People just want something or someone to hate and harm when there is no connection to their Spirit Self.

  • Freedom From Religion

    First the attack against Democratic lesgislator Griffifs and her supporters, now this. Such are the ways of un-American activiites. Another example of malice in America is the GOP organized effort launced just recently in 40 states simultaniously to curb, hamper and erase the ability for non-Republican voters to vote ,by way of setting up new state and local laws and regulations making it more difficult for Americans to vote — special concentraition of efforts has been zeroed in on the black communities. THIS, too, is “un-American. The “Republican Party of old has been hijacked by reactionaries and bigots calling themselves “conservatives.” What a shame for a once honored political party I had a degree of respect for when the “great communicator” was President — a great man who was most partly responxible for the USSR coming to an end

    • Ray Hill

      You have been drinking the liberal cool aid for way too long. It is not un-American to insist that only citizen be allowed to vote which is exactly what is done in most other countries that have elections. That you would even make such a rediculous statement shows your extreme ignorance of the facts.

      • mechanic

        “The danger to America is not Barack Obama (or Barbra Boxer), but a citizenry capable of entrusting a man like him with the presidency. It will be far easier to limit and undo the follies of an Obama presidency than to restore the necessary common sense and good judgment to a depraved electorate willing to have such a man for their president. The problem is much deeper and far more serious than Mr. Obama, who is a mere symptom of what ails us [America ]. Blaming the prince of the fools should not blind anyone to the vast confederacy of fools that made him their prince. The Republic can survive a Barack Obama, who is, after all, merely a fool. It is less likely to survive a multitude of fools such as those who made him their president.”

        Czech Republic newspaper, Prager Zeitung. April 28, 2010

  • SOMAtwocents

    The great communicator? You mean the senile hack who set in motion the economic disaster of the 80’s? The same doddering fool who oversaw the closing of mental health facilities that helped to create our chronic homeless population? The same person who a lying traitor as a vp? Nothing to respect there.

  • urolizzard

    I respectfully disagree with your linking conservatives Tea Party to biggots and reactionaries because we believe in Live your wage and Fiscal responsibility. It has N O T H I N G to do with race GOP or Democratic Party at all. Liberals have invaded both parties with equal representation. It is these liberals and there Magical Thinking that has almost brought this country to its knees. Doing what is right and fair to all americans is what true conservatism is all about and its the Tea Party and its patriots including Martin Luther Kings family all card holding members black white striped or with fish lipped. it doesn’t matter. Stupid breeds stupid. The honorable presidents of the past Regan Kennedy Ford Eisenhour all Right Wing consevatives by todays standards.These true leader would be stunned Liberal thinking and strategies as I am. These Idiots that commit these atrocities are in no way conservatves but trash left over from a broken educational system and liberal ideologies and strategies of child rearing which have failed our entire society.

    • Daniel

      The man was insane, on drugs, and did not have any political beliefs. He simply hated everyone but himself, who he loved dearly.

  • mechanic

    Barbra Boxer sucks.

  • transit22

    *Arrested near his E. Francisco Blvd. home*…only homes on that strip are cheap motels. Sounds like either homeless or mentally ill.

    • Daniel

      His home, which actually didn’t belong to him, was a boat. There is a small harbor on the canal.

  • Daniel

    I am amazed at ignorant people politicizing this situation without knowing a damn thing about this man. He was my neighbor and I can assure you he is apolitical. He couldn’t care less about liberals or conservatives. He is a pothead who spent most of his time saying illogical and strange things and screaming about how he was a Native American chief (which he was not), and how he had gotten every member of the San Rafael Police Department fired (which he certainly did NOT). Stop dreaming things up and attacking other people when this man who was my neighbor (thankfully, no longer) was a drugged out wacko who didn’t know what reality was and only cares about himself and making himself sound big. STOP POLITICIZING THIS! Just look at the facts instead of making things out of thin air!

  • Roger

    Strange, I just attended a discussion with a retired Secret Service agent this very morning, who said that an overwhelming majority of arrests for death threats to the president involve crazy people who are crying for help. They know that the Secret Service will listen to them and pay attention, and that they will get 10 days in a mental facility where they will be evaluated.

    Daniels absolutely right. This story is about a very sick individual. Only idiots would make it about politics.

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