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A Maryland man who allegedly harassed a South Florida woman with over 150 pages worth of messages threatening to kill her and all Hispanics in Miami and elsewhere has been arrested by the FBI.
Eric Lin, 35, was arrested in Seattle Friday and charged with making threatening communications via Facebook toward one unidentified South Florida woman, who believed that Lin targeted her after meeting her at a restaurant she worked at in Miami.
In the messages, Lin — who had recently moved from Clarksburg, Maryland to Seattle, prosecutors say — allegedly professed his Nazi beliefs, his support of President Donald Trump and his plans to kidnap the woman and kill her and other Latinos and Hispanics.
The woman first received a Facebook message in late May from an account belonging to Lin, court documents show. It contained an image of Lin, superimposed with a Hitler “filter.” A follow-up message described the image as a “Composite of My Face with the Fuhrer.”
“I FOLLOW ONLY ADOLF HITLER AND THEN GOD,” Lin said in one message. “THEY ARE ONE AND THE SAME.”
The threats allegedly sent by Lin grew increasingly violent and racist as time went on, according to court records obtained by the New York Times. They say Lin repeated graphic threats against the victim’s family, as well as all Latinos and Hispanics.
One such message read: “I will stop at Nothing until you, your family, your friends,, your entire WORTHLESS LATIN RACE IS RACIALLY EXTERMINATED!”
Another message threatened to keep non-white people — described using racial slurs — “in line,” according to the documents.
“I Thank God everyday President Donald Trump is President and that he will launch a Racial War and Crusade,'” he wrote, according to prosecutors.
Trump recently condemned “white supremacy” after a gunman in El Paso targeted Mexican people, killing 22.
Later messages allegedly sent by Lin invoked Adolf Hitler and threatened to murder and cannibalize the woman.
Around this time, Lin allegedly conspired with an associate he identified as “Chris” to kidnap the woman, offering to pay $10,000 to hold her hostage and take her to Seattle.
In one message, Lin is accused of writing, “I doubt the FBI would care much about her” due to her ethnicity.
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