Sheriff Joe Issues Arrest Warrant for Man Who Tweeted a Death Threat About Him

Jun 19, 2013
9:34 am

Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio is now searching for tweets that threaten him to issue arrest warrants on people who don’t agree with him. Yesterday the Twitter profile of America’s Self-Proclaimed Toughest Sheriff shared this:

The link lead to this release published by the Maricopa County Sheriff’s Office:

Another Threat to Kill Sheriff Joe Arpaio Leads to Arrest Warrant of 22 yr-old California Man

(Phoenix, AZ) An arrest warrant has been issued for Caesar David Nunez, 22 (DOB 12/30/90), of Culver City, California, for threatening to kill Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio in April 2013. The warrant to arrest Nunez was issued today and follows a thorough investigation by Maricopa County Sheriff’s detectives who traveled to the Los Angeles area to work with officers from the El Segundo Police Department to track down the perpetrator.

Nunez’ threatened on April 24th, “I want to personally blow Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio’s head off.” During an interview with Sheriff’s deputies, Nunez admitted to the threat saying he was driven to write it because of the illegal immigration rhetoric surrounding Arpaio.

The same was also true for Scottsdale resident Ignacio Carbajol. He was arrested by Sheriff’s deputies on February 25, 2013, for a threat made in January of this year. Carbajol admitted to detectives that the death threats he made against the Sheriff were because Arpaio’s stance on illegal immigration drove him to want to kill the sheriff. Carbajol’s threat read, “He should see the color of his skin and where he comes from…stupid motherfucker…let’s kill him. I will kill him for free. I am going to Arizona to kill that asshole.”

Recently, a mail bomb addressed to Arpaio was intercepted by alert postal workers in Flagstaff, Arizona on April 12, 2013. A federal investigation into this situation is on-going.

In 2012, a Tennessee man, Adam Eugene Cox, was arrested due to a death threat against Sheriff Arpaio. The Cox arrest followed an investigation by Maricopa County Sheriff’s deputies and Knoxville, Tennessee authorities.

Chief Deputy Jerry Sheridan says every death threat against the Sheriff must be thoroughly vetted. Sheridan says all necessary steps to ensure the safety of Sheriff Arpaio are taken by detectives who continue to investigate all threats made against the life of the Sheriff, both nationally and internationally.

Sheriff Arpaio has received many death threats through the 20 years he has been in office, but the last year has seen these threats become more intense. Perhaps most alarming, a number of drug cartels based in Mexico have reportedly targeted the Sheriff for execution.


Photo of Ceasar David Nuñez

An advanced Twitter search of Nuñez’s alleged tweet show no public posting of the tweet. If Nuñez admitted to tweeting it out, the tweet doesn’t appear anywhere on Twitter. None of the news reports mention Nuñez’s Twitter handle nor do they back link to the tweet. The only proof that a tweet was sent is MCSO’s release.