An Oregon man suspected of sending online racist threats to two Diablo Valley College professors last year is facing charges in federal court.
Eugene resident Zachary Jacob Moitoza is set to be arraigned Feb. 25 in Oregon on charges of interstate transmission of a threat to injure another person, according to an affidavit filed by FBI Special Agent Timothy Suttles. Moitoza made his first appearance in U.S. District Court last week.
According the affidavit, the two DVC professors received the threatening emails in January 2012. Moitoza also is accused of sending threatening emails to a University of Oregon professor.
Moitoza took classes from the professors in 2003 and 2005, according to the affidavit. In the threats, Moitoza accuses the professors of racism against white people and tells one of the professors, "I know where you work," "you will bleed," and "I am coming for you."
The second professor, according to the affidavit, received an email that states "I own a PTR-91 .308 caliber semi-automatic rifle with a 20-bullet clip. ... I could easily pick you off from 800 (meters) as you go to work ..."
The emails also contain several racial epithets. The affidavit states that Moitoza told Suttles he sent the emails to scare the professors.
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