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Illinois man arrested after alleged threats against U.S. diplomat

CHICAGO, May 20 (UPI) — Federal prosecutors say a McHenry, Ill., man, angry over his wife’s failure to obtain a visa, sent threatening messages to American diplomats.

The U.S. attorney’s office said Russell K. Gordon, 48, was arrested at his home Saturday for allegedly threatening to kill the U.S. Ambassador in Serbia as well as Serbians in Chicago.

A statement from the prosecutor’s office said Gordon, a U.S. citizen, lived in Serbia from 1996 to 2012 and married a Serbian woman with a child whose father was a Serbian citizen. Custody of the child was awarded to the biological father in 2012.

Beginning in February Gordon allegedly began sending threatening messages to the U.S. Consulate in Belgrade, Serbia, WBBM-TV, Chicago, reported.

Friday Gordon’s wife visited the consulate and told officials of her husband’s plans to shoot Serbian citizens in Chicago, and Saturday informed them Gordon was enraged when he learned she would receive only a two-week guest visa to return to the United States, the statement said.

He was arrested after she told the consulate her husband intended to kill the U.S. ambassador to Serbia and his family, WBBM-TV said.

Copyright 2013 United Press International, Inc. (UPI).

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