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California man arrested in Tulsa in connection with threatening messages, white powder hoax

Posted at 10:15 AM, Mar 26, 2019
and last updated 2019-03-26 11:15:42-04

TULSA — A Sacramento, California man was arrested in Tulsa on Friday after authorities said he mailed threatening communications and was involved in a hoax regarding biological weapons.

Darnell Ray Owens, 32, was arrested Friday after he was charged in Sacramento. Owens is accused of sending about 50 letters and online complaints to law enforcement agencies, individuals and organizations. In the letters, the man reportedly threatened to kill police officers, other government officials, homosexuals and white people.

At least two letters contained white powder, which he claimed was a biological weapon. The majority of the letters were sent via the U.S. Postal Service and were postmarked from Sacramento.

One letter containing white powder was sent to a church in Dallas, with a threat to assassinate the pastor.

In another letter sent to the Sacramento County Department of Revenue Recovery, the man threatened to kill "a lot of people."

The man also threatened to kill certain employees at KTXL television station and threatened to kill the Sacramento County district attorney, officials said.

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