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Pennsylvania man who threatened to 'put a bullet' in Trump has checkered past

| Thursday, June 21, 2018, 9:54 a.m.
Shawn Christy
U.S. Marshals
Shawn Christy

U.S. Marshals and other law enforcement authorities are searching for a McAdoo man who made threats against President Donald Trump, government officials and police.

The search for Shawn Christy, 26, began at about 5 a.m. Wednesday, according to Robert Clark, a supervisor with the Marshals Service's Fugitive Task Force

"He is believed to be a clear and present danger to the immediate law enforcement community," Clark said.

Christy made headlines in 2010 after Sarah Palin, who was then governor of Alaska, filed for a restraining order against him.

In the latest turn of events, Christy threatened to "put a bullet" in Trump's head.

U.S. Marshals executed a warrant at Christy's home with assistance from the U.S. Secret Service, FBI, state police, McAdoo and Kline Twp. police, the Schuylkill County District Attorney's Office and the Northampton County Sheriff's Office.

"He is wanted for making threats against the president of the United States and other government officials via social media," Clark said. Christy also threatened to "shoot any law enforcement officer who attempts to arrest him," Clark said.

The U.S. Marshals Service is taking the threats very seriously, he said, and is offering a $5,000 cash reward for information leading to Christy's arrest. The tip line can be reached at 484-358-1974.

"Subject should be considered armed and dangerous," a wanted poster issued by U.S. Marshals states.

"We urge the public that if they have any information about Christy or his whereabouts to please reach out to us," Clark said. "Our goal is to bring Mr. Christy into custody."

Shawn Christy wasn't home when marshals arrived, said his father, Craig Christy. He said he hasn't seen his son since June 1.

"Shawn, please turn yourself in," he pleaded.

Craig Christy believes his son's recent threats are his way of releasing pent-up energy.

In 2017, Shawn Christy was charged with aggravated assault for allegedly swinging a stick at former McAdoo mayor Stephan Holly. Craig Christy said his son maintains his innocence in the case and isn't getting the justice he believes he deserves.

"That's why he is so angry," Craig Christy said. "He was blowing off steam on Facebook. He has no weapons. He has no guns. He just wants justice."

Craig Christy reported the latest threats to law enforcement authorities.

One of the first posts came in late May, when Shawn Christy appealed to Trump on his Facebook page, asking him for help with his legal problems in Northampton and Schuylkill counties.

"Here's the deal, Trump," he wrote in the post. "Tell your probation dogs in Northampton County to get off my a--; while you're at it have my case there vacated. . I'll have you impeached by August, wanna bet?"

The Morning Call of Allentown reported that Shawn Christy pleaded guilty in April to making terroristic threats to a Berkheimer tax collection clerk in Bangor, Northampton County. In that case, he was sentenced to 12 months probation and ordered to attend anger management classes.

In a June 3 post, he wrote, "As far as your threat of a bench warrant, know this, I will use full lethal force on any law enforcement officer that attempts to detain me."

He did not say who asked for the warrant, but his father confirmed Wednesday that it was from Schuylkill County.

Craig Christy claimed that his son was told that two of his cases had been postponed and he did not need to show up for court last month. However, only one case was rescheduled and because Shawn didn't show, a bench warrant was issued.

Even though the threat mentions the Schuylkill warrant, a Northampton County deputy sheriff had the county 911 communications center warn all county officers of Shawn Christy's words.

Three days later — on June 6 — Shawn Christy asked that a charge of obstruction of justice be filed against a Berks County detective.

"I will not show up to any court dates or follow any conditions of probation until this happens," he posted. "If you want a war, I promise I will give you a war."

And on June 12, his post appeared to be aimed at Northampton County District Attorney John Morganelli as well as the president.

"Keep it up Morganelli, I promise I'll put a bullet in your head as soon as I put one in the head of President Donald J Trump. Remember where you came from punk," he wrote.

In his plea to his son, Craig Christy said he had "enough evidence" to win Shawn's McAdoo case.

As for the Palin incident, she claimed that Shawn Christy harassed her and a friend.

He also pleaded guilty to harassing Palin's attorneys by telephone in 2011 and was sentenced to probation. He later served two years in federal prison for violating his probation by leaving a halfway house.

In 2015, he pleaded guilty to two summary counts of harassment at McCann School of Business for harassing a teacher and administrator.

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