James Gluz, who Atherton police allege emailed a death threat to one of the department's officers last week, was arrested in Florida on Thursday, June 4, after he attacked and injured police officers there, according to the Atherton Police Department.
Sgt. Alfredo Guarducci said a warrant has also been issued in San Mateo County for Mr. Gluz on charges related to the alleged death threat to the Atherton officer.
Mr. Gluz is a former Atherton resident whose mother still resides in Atherton, police said.
Sgt. Guarducci said that police in St. Petersburg, Florida, where Mr. Gluz now lives, went to his home with a warrant for his arrest. Although Mr. Gluz initially appeared to be cooperating, "as soon as they came in he attacked them," the sergeant said.
One officer suffered a broken cheekbone and another required medical attention, Sgt. Guarducci said. "He went off on them, and hit him in the face," he said.
Mr. Gluz is in custody on a $120,000 bond, charged with making a bomb threat as well as injuring the police officers, he said.
Mr. Gluz admitted to threatening the Atherton officer, Sgt. Guarducci said, "and said as soon as he gets out of custody he is going to come over here and kill our officer."
The May 27 email to the Atherton officer threatened to "kill you in front of your friends" if the officer did not carry out a request of the emailer.
Police said the email appeared to be from a private account and included the sender's name.
Sgt. Guarducci said Mr. Gluz has a history of making death threats. He said the FBI had investigated an earlier incident in which the man allegedly threatened a Florida public official.
Mr. Gluz is also alleged to have, at least twice in the past, threatened other Atherton residents either via email or social media, Sgt. Guarducci said.
He said police are taking the death threat seriously. "To me, any time you threaten an officer, that's serious," Sgt. Guarducci said. "He has a way to get here."
Sgt. Guarducci said the incident began with an email sent to the Atherton police department containing "some ridiculous demands." He said an officer responded that he could not help because the person sending the email had not made a report.
The person then sent another email claiming his mother had been murdered. "We obviously went out and verified mom is not dead," Sgt. Guarducci said. "She just threw up her hands and said she doesn't know what to do with him anymore."
The death threat then followed, Sgt. Guarducci said.
Police must take such a threat seriously, he said, because they have no way of knowing the intent of the person making the threat.