LOS ANGELES – A federal grand jury this afternoon returned a 26-count indictment that costs a Pasadena man with making a sequence of detailed threats to hurt, rape and kill 10 victims he met in numerous social and enterprise settings.
Samuel Trelawney Hughes, 31, who’s a citizen of the UK, was charged with seven counts of stalking, 9 counts of constructing on-line threats, three counts of mailing threatening communications, and 7 counts of witness tampering.
The indictment alleges that Hughes – generally utilizing his actual identify, and different occasions utilizing aliases or social media accounts designed to hide his true id – despatched his victims communications by which he expressed hope they might die or by which he made particular threats to hurt them. For instance, in October 2019, after one sufferer reported prior threats from Hughes to legislation enforcement authorities, Hughes allegedly despatched the sufferer an e mail stating partially: “somebody I can assure will come out and first bash you head in, rape you slash your throat and burn your automotive and home.” Hughes allegedly despatched one other risk that learn partially: “I’ll rip your f****** throat out and stab you within the eyes and put gasoline over your half mutilated physique.”
Court docket paperwork state that Hughes used on-line aliases and handles that included xavier.herrera666, parsonstheo38, theoparsons4, tony.hawk.exskater, tony.flavelle450, byword.pictures, julius.caesar411, charlotte.massey400, and a.whole.wanker400.
The FBI started investigating Hughes in Might 2019 after one sufferer filed a criticism with the web Crimes Criticism Heart (www.ic3.gov). “After being contacted by each the FBI and state legislation enforcement officers on a number of events concerning the threatening communications, Hughes continued to ship digital communications and letters threatening to injure, rape, or kill no less than three of the victims who had reported his threats to the police,” in response to a legal criticism beforehand filed on this case. “In his communications to some victims, Hughes threatened that contacting the police would result in the damage or dying of the sufferer or the victims’ family members.”
Because of separate investigations, Hughes was arrested by the L. A. Police Division and the Pasadena Police Division on two events in June, which resulted in costs being filed by the L. A. County District Legal professional’s Workplace and the Pasadena Metropolis Legal professional’s Workplace. Federal prosecutors filed a legal criticism towards Hughes on July 10, and he was taken into custody from state authorities on July 24. Hughes has been in federal custody since that point.
The costs within the indictment are allegations, and the defendant is presumed harmless until and till confirmed responsible.
The stalking counts and the costs stemming from the alleged threats all carry a statutory most penalty of 5 years in federal jail. The witness tampering counts every carry a most potential penalty of 20 years in jail.
Hughes is scheduled to be arraigned on the indictment in United States District Court docket on August 13.
The FBI is investigating this case. Anybody who thinks they might have acquired threats from Hughes is inspired to call the FBI’s L. A. Subject Workplace at (310) 477-6565.
This matter is being prosecuted by Assistant United States Legal professional Lauren Restrepo of the Cyber and Mental Property Crimes Part.
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