US man arrested over Trump jnr white powder threat

2018-03-02 08:42
Vanessa Trump. (File, AFP)

Vanessa Trump. (File, AFP)

Multimedia   ·   User Galleries   ·   News in Pictures Send us your pictures  ·  Send us your stories

New York - A 24-year-old Massachusetts man was arrested and charged on Thursday with sending a threatening message and suspicious white powder to President Donald Trump's eldest son last month, officials said.

The letter was opened at Donald Trump jnr's New York apartment on February 12. His wife Vanessa was taken to hospital as a precaution after opening the envelope.

Daniel Frisiello from Beverly, north of Boston, allegedly sent the letter and similar threats to four other prominent individuals across the country.

The five envelopes were postmarked Boston and each contained a threatening message and a white powdery substance. No one was hurt in any of the incidents and the substance was deemed not hazardous, federal officials said.

The message to the president's son called him an "awful, awful person" and threatened the 40-year-old father of five was "getting what you deserve", officials said.

Frisiello was charged with five counts of mailing a threat to injure and five counts of false information and hoaxes. He is due to appear before a federal court in Worcester, Massachusetts later on Thursday.

Trump jnr, an outspoken defender of his father, called the incident "truly disgusting".

He and his brother Eric Trump live in New York and run the family real-estate business, taking over after their father took office in January 2017.

KEEP UPDATED on the latest news by subscribing to our FREE newsletter.

- FOLLOW News24 on Twitter

Read more on:    donald trump jr  |  us

Join the conversation! encourages commentary submitted via MyNews24. Contributions of 200 words or more will be considered for publication.

We reserve editorial discretion to decide what will be published.
Read our comments policy for guidelines on contributions.

Inside News24

Traffic Alerts
There are new stories on the homepage. Click here to see them.


Create Profile

Creating your profile will enable you to submit photos and stories to get published on News24.

Please provide a username for your profile page:

This username must be unique, cannot be edited and will be used in the URL to your profile page across the entire network.


Location Settings

News24 allows you to edit the display of certain components based on a location. If you wish to personalise the page based on your preferences, please select a location for each component and click "Submit" in order for the changes to take affect.

Facebook Sign-In

Hi News addict,

Join the News24 Community to be involved in breaking the news.

Log in with Facebook to comment and personalise news, weather and listings.