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Continued: Authorities: Man in Arias Twitter threat case claims was headed to kill HLN's Nancy Grace

  • Article by: BRIAN SKOLOFF , Associated Press
  • Last update: July 25, 2013 - 7:10 PM

Two days later, the records state, authorities in New York took Simpson into custody after co-workers at a garage where he worked told police he "had a loaded handgun, and stated he was going to kill Nancy Grace."

Bath police investigator Heather Barry said Thursday she had been searching for Simpson to charge him with aggravated harassment just to get him into custody. She said she then got a worried call from the garage owner.

"He said he (Simpson) was throwing stuff out, loading up the car, and he's got a gun," Barry said Thursday. "I flew over there before he left town and grabbed him. It was getting crazy."

She said she'll recommend dropping the misdemeanor harassment count, given the Arizona indictment, but she noted the New York investigation is ongoing.

On July 20, Bath and Maricopa County authorities searched a travel camper and car belonging to Simpson. They said they found two guns, a pair of handcuffs, several knives, binoculars, shotgun ammunition, a police scanner and receipts for purchases of two shotguns and a rifle.

Simpson was subsequently arrested. He is awaiting arraignment in Arizona set for Aug. 1.

Barry said Simpson's story of planting pipe bombs is credible, and she is working with Pennsylvania police to locate the devices. She wouldn't elaborate because she didn't want to cause panic but said "they are not in a location where we think anybody is in immediate danger."

Montgomery, the Maricopa County attorney, said Arizona has jurisdiction in the case because the Twitter threats were against "individuals for conduct that was occurring" in the state, meaning it stemmed from coverage of the Arias case by Grace and Velez-Mitchell, who both were in the county at times.

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