LOCKPORT - A Lockport man with a history of mental illness was arrested Wednesday and charged with calling 911 and allegedly telling a dispatcher, "I'm going to kill Donald Trump. Donald Trump is dead."
Jared M. Brown, 20, of South Street, is on parole after serving a short sentence for making a similar 911 call last year, except on that occasion he threatened to kill President Barack Obama.
After being arrested on Sept. 6, 2015, Brown confirmed to a Secret Service agent during a jailhouse interview that he made the call and was willing to kill Obama, whom he referred to with a racial slur. Brown pleaded guilty June 8 in U.S. District Court to threatening the president and was sentenced to 15 months in prison, with time already served counting toward that, and three years of supervised release.
According to federal court documents, during the Obama case, a psychologist examined Brown and diagnosed him with attention deficit hyperactivity disorder, depression, mental problems stemming from use of alcohol, marijuana and opiates. The doctor also found Brown's intelligence and cognitive functioning are in the "very low average range."
According to a Lockport police report, Brown allegedly made two 911 calls threatening the president-elect from a cellphone in the early morning hours Wednesday, and the calls were handled by a dispatcher at the Niagara County Sheriff's Office.
The dispatcher determined the calls had been made from a location on Prentice Street in Lockport, but police checked it out and found no trace of the caller. However, at 1:40 a.m., Brown allegedly called again and said he might harm himself. The dispatcher concluded Brown might have a gun.
City police checked the Prentice Street neighborhood again and found a discarded cellphone at Prentice and Hawley streets, and determined it was the one used to make the calls to 911.
Wednesday afternoon, Brown was picked up on Hawley Street after a woman who lives in the same South Street apartment building as Brown claimed that Brown allegedly burglarized her apartment at about 5 a.m. Wednesday.
The woman said the stolen items included $655 in cash, a large bottle containing an estimated $1,000 in change, a laptop computer and a computer game unit.
After questioning, Brown was charged with fourth-degree grand larceny in connection with the theft and with second-degree aggravated harassment regarding the threats against Trump, according to authorities.
After a City Court arraignment Wednesday, Brown was held in the County Jail in lieu of $25,000 bail set on the larceny case and $500 bail set for the phone calls.