ST. GEORGE – A St. George man was arrested Monday after calling the Federal Bureau of Investigation Office 112 times over the last several days making threats of violence.
Robert V. Zickella Jr., 49, faces second-degree felony charges for threat of terrorism.
“Robert had left messages on Saturday threatening to blow up the FBI building,” St. George Police Officer Zack Bahlmann said in his probable cause statement supporting the arrest. “Robert also threatened to rape the FBI agents and their families.”
According to Utah Criminal Code 76-5-107.3(1)(A), a person commits a threat of terrorism if the person threatens to commit any offense involving bodily injury, death or substantial property damage, and either threatens the use of a weapon of mass destruction or threatens the use of a hoax weapon of mass destruction.
This isn’t the first time Zickella has had run-ins with the law. According to court documents dating all the way back to 1986, he has been arrested for aggravated burglary, kidnapping, sex offenses, lewdness, assault, criminal mischief and other criminal offenses in Utah.
Officers located Zickella at the Roadway Inn, located at 999 E. Red Hills Parkway in St. George.
Zickella was arrested and booked into the Washington County Purgatory Correctional Facility on Monday. His bail is set at $10,000.
Zickella is scheduled to make his first court appearance Tuesday.
Persons arrested or charged are presumed innocent until found guilty in a court of law or as otherwise decided by a trier-of-fact.
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