Michigan Teen Becomes News After Claims of “Fake News”
It's no longer a joking matter! A 19 year old Michigan man making claims of FAKE news, is in REAL trouble after he made threatening phone calls to CNN! According to the FBI he said he was, “coming to gun you all down"! In addition, he made an anti-Muslim phone call to The Islamic Center of Ann Arbor. Details below.
A 19-year-old Michigan man is accused of making several threatening phone calls to CNN in early January, calling the news network “fake news” and saying that he was “coming to gun you all down,” the FBI says.
Brandon Griesemer, a part-time grocery store worker from Novi, Michigan, was arrested January 19 on a federal threatening charge, according to court documents filed in the Eastern District of Michigan.
Griesemer’s father, Mark Griesemer, told The Washington Post, “this whole thing has been a mistake, he really didn’t mean any of it. He didn’t know what he was saying, the seriousness of it. We’re not even gun owners or anything like that. We don’t have any, neither does he. More will come out later. Hopefully, this can be settled.”
Brandon Ray Griesemer is accused of making the calls to CNN’s Atlanta office on January 9 and January 10, according to court documents. Griesemer made 22 calls to the news network during that two-day period, including four that contained explicit threats, the FBI said.
The first call was made to the publicly available CNN landline number at 3:06 p.m. on January 9. The male caller, later identified as Griesemer, told an operator, “Fake news. I’m coming to gun you all down. F*ck you, f*ckin n*ggers.” The caller then hung up.
About three minutes later, CNN received a second call from the same male caller, who “began making disparaging comments regarding CNN and instructing the operator that CNN employees should kill themselves,” FBI Special Agent Sean Callaghan wrote in the affidavit in support of the criminal complaint. “The caller then said, ‘I am on my way right now to gun the f*ckin’ CNN cast down. F*ck you.’ The operator then asked the man for his name. The caller responded, ‘F*ck you. I am coming to kill you.’ The caller then hung up.”
Brandon Griesemer also made an anti-Muslim phone call to the Islamic Center of Ann Arbor on September 19, 2017, about 9:49 a.m., according to court documents. During that call, made from the same cell phone number that the FBI says was used to make the CNN threats, Griesemer “made derogatory comments relating to the mosque and Muslims.”
Brandon Griesemer was released on $10,000 unsecured bond after a January 19 appearance in the Eastern District of Michigan federal court. You can read the criminal complaint filed in the case above. He made the appearance before Magistrate Judge Anthony P. Patti on the same day of his arrest.He is due back in court February 9.