PLEASANT UNITY, Pa. (AP/KDKA) -- Authorities say a man angry with Pennsylvania Gov. Tom Wolf's decision to close businesses during the coronavirus pandemic will face charges after he threatened the governor.
Rocco Anthony Naples, 28, of Pleasant Unity in Westmoreland County, has been charged with a felony count of threats and other improper influence in official and political matters and related misdemeanor counts of making terroristic threats and harassment.
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York County authorities announced the charges Tuesday. They say the threat was made Friday when Naples called Wolf's former business, Wolf Home Products.
Naples was reportedly upset about the governor closing businesses but keeping his own businesses running amid the coronavirus pandemic, the York Dispatch reports.
However, Wolf's press secretary, Lyndsay Kensinger, told the York Dispatch that Wolf Home Products does not have a state waiver to remain open during the pandemic, and Gov. Wolf himself has not been associated with Wolf Home Products since 2015.
The York Dispatch reports charging documents show that a worker sent an email to her supervisor after Naples called the company's customer service line on Friday.
The email said: "Customer called in stating he was angry about Governor Wolf closing their companies but keeping his open, he said that him and a couple of his buddies have a bullet waiting for (Wolf) if he keeps them closed."
"Mr. Naples made three calls to Wolf Home Products in York City. He talked to one of the employees at Wolf Home Products, and he related that he and his friend had a bullet with Gov Wolf's name on it," state trooper Stephen Limani said.
Naples has not been arraigned or had his bail set, and it wasn't known Wednesday if he's retained an attorney.
"This particular person went completely off the rails," Limani said.
KDKA reached out to Naples via phone and stopped by his apartment to get his side of the story, but we are awaiting a response.
Limani told KDKA while people may be angry over the pandemic and stressed out, violence, nor the threat of violence, will be tolerated.
"You don't ever threaten any human being whatsoever by saying you have a bullet with their name on it," Limani said. "That's not how you're supposed to act and because of that, this man is facing charges."
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