Lakewood man charged with making bomb threats to SBA
A 29-year-old Lakewood man has been charged with making bomb threats against employees of the Small Business Administration due to his incapability to acquire COVID-19 emergency business loans.
📬: You got hate mail: According to the Attorney General's office, Christopher Joseph Antoun faces a maximum of five years in federal prison for allegedly authoring threatening emails to SBA employees.
In a 2020 email Antoun wrote, "IT GOES INTO MY BANK ACCOUNT TONIGHT OR I START BOMBING EVERY LOCATION OWNED BY THE SBA."
Antoun was trying to obtain an Economic Injury Disaster Loan, a loan program created due to the pandemic's economic fallout.
In the fall of 2021, Antoun sent another email threatening several SBA employees writing, "with my nice shiny bat" and "start beating the skulls of SBA staff in. Once the police or whoever it is eventually stops me, I'm [sic] going to go to jail."
The United States Department of Homeland Security's Federal Protective Service investigated this matter.