Federal prosecutors say a Cambridge man was arrested Thursday and is facing charges in connection to a July “murder-for-hire solicitation” tweet in which he allegedly offered $500 to “anyone who kills an ice agent.”
Brandon J. Ziobrowski, 33, is charged with one count of the use of interstate and foreign commerce to transmit a threat to injure another person, which could result in a sentence of no more than than five years in prison, three years of supervised release, and a fine of $250,000, U.S. Attorney Andrew Lelling’s office said in a statement.
Ziobrowski, who was arrested in New York, allegedly created the Twitter account @Vine_II in 2009 and wrote increasingly threatening messages over time.
“For instance, it is alleged that he repeatedly tweeted his desire to ‘slit’ Senator John McCain’s throat,” prosecutors said. “Then, beginning around February 2018, Ziobrowski allegedly began posting tweets that promoted violence against law enforcement. For example, a Feb. 24, 2018, tweet read: ‘Guns should only be legal for shooting the police like the second amendment intended.’”
In March 2018, the tweets began to focus on agents working for U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement, authorities said.
On July, 2, 2018, the Cambridge man allegedly tweeted, “I am broke but will scrounge and literally give $500 to anyone who kills an ice agent. @me seriously who else can pledge get in on this let’s make this work.”
At the time, Ziobrowski had 448 followers on the social media platform, according to prosecutors.
“It is alleged that Ziobrowski’s tweet was designed as a threat to encourage violence and the murder of federal law enforcement agents,” they said.
Attorney information for Ziobrowski was not immediately available.