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Pittsburgh man charged in mass violence video mailing

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Friday, Feb. 15, 2013, 4:56 a.m.
 

A CP Industries worker accused of mailing DVDs of a questionable nature to other plant employees was arrested by McKeesport police on Tuesday.

Brad Lee Chamberlain, 28, of Pittsburgh is charged with mailing to five managers at the Christy Park steel manufacturing plant copies of a documentary video about mass violence.

Police said the managers received the videos at work and notified police on Feb. 4. The mailings were interpreted as a potential threat to the managers, other employees or the plant itself, according to police.

U.S. Postal Service inspectors aided local police in the investigation.

McKeesport police Capt. Tim Hanna said investigators believed from the onset the suspect likely would be a current or retired plant employee. He said police went to the plant on Tuesday and brought Chamberlain into the police station for questioning. Charges were filed following the interview.

CP Industries CEO Michael Larsen said he did not wish to comment on the matter other than to “applaud the local police department and the postal inspectors for a job well done.”

Chamberlain is charged with felony counts of terroristic threats and criminal use of a communication facility. He also is charged with five misdemeanor counts each of terroristic threats, simple assault and harassment, and a single count of disorderly conduct.

Chamberlain was arraigned on Tuesday and is being held in Allegheny County Jail on $100,000 bail. His preliminary hearing is scheduled for Feb. 25.

Eric Slagle is a staff writer for Trib Total Media. He can be reached at 412-664-9161, ext. 1966, or eslagle@tribweb.com.

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