MCSO: Mesa man arrested for threatening violence at U.S. Embassy in Bangkok

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Posted at 12:59 PM, Oct 17, 2019
and last updated 2019-10-17 17:38:22-04

MESA, AZ — A man has been arrested in Mesa after he allegedly made a threatening call to U.S. Embassy officials in Bangkok, Thailand.

Court records show that on October 8, the Maricopa County Sheriff's Office arrested David Stephen Roberson near Gilbert Road and Main Street. He was arrested for allegedly making threatening calls to U.S. Embassy officials in Bangkok.

Investigators say Roberson was upset because his wife, who is in Thailand, was denied a visa to travel to the U.S.

Records show that Roberson made numerous calls to the embassy in Bangkok, saying, "If they don't take care of this, the next mass shooting is going to be me." He also allegedly threatened to blow up the embassy and threatened that "there was going to be a huge gun battle."

Due to the threats, embassy security was increased, and agents were sent to Arizona after the calls were tracked here.

Court records show that Roberson allegedly admitted to making the threats.

He is being held on a $250,000 bond on a charge of making terrorism threats.