'Extremely upset' by robocalls, man threatens to blow up Elections Office, deputies say

Man accused of threatening to blow up Brevard Supervisor of Elections Office

By Emilee Speck - Digital journalist

Daniel Chen, 65, is accused ot making a false bomb report the day before the 2018 midterm elections.

BREVARD COUNTY, Fla. - A Brevard County man fed up with election-related robocalls was arrested Monday after deputies say he threatened to blow up the Brevard County Supervisor of Elections Office.

According to the arrest report, Daniel Chen, 65, of Melbourne, called the Supervisor of Elections Office and threatened to blow up the building. During the call Chen identified himself and left his phone number. In an interview with authorities Chen admitted to making the call due to being "extremely upset over the robocalls." Chen told deputies he has been trying throughout the week to stop the calls.

“He was upset over the robocalls from political parties so he called in a bomb threat to the supervisor of elections,” Brevard County Sheriff's Office spokesman Tod Goodyear said.

Chen is charged with making a false report of a bomb. He was arrested Monday and ordered held in lieu of $15,000 bail.

The arrest marks the first of two election-related incidents requiring a law enforcement response in Brevard County in 24 hours.

Palm Bay police said a man with a gun caused a brief lockdown on Election Day at a polling site on Port Malabar Road, reports News 6 partner Florida Today.

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