DUBLIN — Previous this week, federal government say they arrested 35-year-old Robert Lemke, of Bay Level — and plan to extradite him to New York to stand federal fees — for allegedly texting threats to the members of the family of a Congressman and a journalist.
However up to now, the individual that government recognized as Lemke is refusing to verify that Robert Lemke is his title.
In a Wednesday morning courtroom listening to prior to U.S. Justice of the Peace Pass judgement on Alex Tse, the person recognized as Lemke refused to verify that he was once, actually, the individual sought after on fees out of the Southern District of New York. Lemke was once arrested in Bay Level, pending extradition to New york, the place the Southern District of New York’s U.S. Lawyer’s place of work filed the costs, government introduced Tuesday.
That leaves the courtroom with two choices: wait and notice if the defendant adjustments his thoughts, or set an id listening to the place prosecutors will supply proof prior to a federal Justice of the Peace that the appropriate guy was once arrested. At this level, one of these listening to has tentatively been set for Monday, prior to U.S. Justice of the Peace Pass judgement on Laurel Beeler, who could also be anticipated to come to a decision whether or not to unfastened the defendant or stay him jailed.
Daniel Clean, the deputy federal public defender assigned to constitute Lemke, mentioned in courtroom Wednesday morning that he met in short along with his shopper prior to the listening to.
“I be expecting he’ll admit he’s the Robert Lemke who’s sought after in New York, however in the meanwhile we’d love to set a bail listening to,” Clean mentioned.
Federal prosecutors didn’t object, as long as the defendant was once saved in Santa Rita Prison in Dublin till then. Tse agreed to stay him in custody and set the Monday listening to date.
In a information unencumber and in courtroom information filed Tuesday, prosecutors allege that Lemke texted threats to the brother of a congressman and a circle of relatives member of a journalist. The threats had been motivated by way of Lemke’s incapacity to simply accept President Joe Biden gained the 2020 presidential election, government claimed.
The New York Times reported that the sufferers had been kinfolk of Rep. Hakeem Jeffries and George Stephanopoulos
“Your brother is striking all your circle of relatives in peril along with his lies and different phrases. We’re armed and close by your own home,” Lemke allegedly wrote in a textual content message to the brother of a congressman on Jan. 11. “You had higher have a phrase with him. We don’t seem to be a long way from his both. Already spoke to [Congressman-1’s son] and know the place his youngsters are.”
On Jan. 6, Lemke allegedly texted a relative of the journalist a an identical danger.
“[Journalist-1’s] phrases are striking you and your circle of relatives in peril. We’re close by armed and able,” he allegedly wrote, in step with the grievance. “1000’s people are energetic/retired legislation enforcement, army, and so forth. That’s how we do it.”
The grievance alleges that Lemke additionally presupposed to be a former policeman Alameda County Sheriff’s place of work, however a spokesman for the place of work mentioned Lemke by no means labored there.