PHILADELPHIA (CBS) — A Massachusetts man has been arrested and charged for allegedly sending threatening emails to Philadelphia Police Commissioner Danielle Outlaw. United States Attorney William M. McSwain announced that Peter Fratus, 39, faces charges for transmitting threatening communications in interstate commerce.
The incident allegedly happened on June 6, 2020, when investigators say Fratus sent two emails to Outlaw. Officials say the messages contained racist, offensive, and threatening language, with one asking where Commissioner Outlaw lives.READ MORE: Atlantic City Casinos, Union Workers Reach Tentative Agreement To Avoid Strike
“As alleged in the criminal complaint, Peter Fratus’ racist threats towards Commissioner Outlaw were vile and disturbing,” McSwain said. “We take such threats very seriously, and let this be a warning to anyone who might feel the urge to fire off an online threat directed at a public official: we will trace your digital footprint, track you down and hold you accountable.”READ MORE: CBS3 Mysteries: Philadelphia Mother Makes Powerful Plea To Help Find James Walke's Killer
According to court documents, Fratus has a documented history of threatening police. He’s also been accused of attacking police during the course of arrests.MORE NEWS: Philadelphia Police Increasing Patrols Ahead Of Fourth Of July Weekend
If convicted, Fratus faces a maximum possible sentence of five years in prison, three years of supervised release, and a $250,000 fine.