Man Arrested in Connection With Making Threats Towards Law Enforcement on the Internet

Staff Report
NewsWest 9

The FBI has confirmed to NewsWest 9 that the man behind the threats to West Texas law enforcement has been arrested.

ICE Agents tells NewsWest 9 Jacob Esparza also known as "El Diablo" was arrested on Monday by Homeland Security Agents in Pecos for using the Internet to make threats against law enforcement.

As you'll recall, the threats were posted on the discussion forum "Topix."

Those threats talked about murder, revenge and kidnapping.

Esparza also talked about targeting not only the Midland Police and Sheriff's Office but also the Fort Stockton Police Department and their families.

If convicted, Esparza could be sentenced to 20 years behind bars.

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