Mass. judge trusts Snyder threat suspect to show up in Florida; relative compares accused to Sarah Palinby George Bennett | February 8th, 2011
Martin County Sheriff Robert Crowder, who sent detectives to Massachusetts to escort Pintado to Florida, said he’s “baffled” by the judge’s decision and has “grave concerns” that Pintado won’t show up. (Read Crowder’s entire statement after the jump.)
A lengthy article on Pintado in the University of Massachusetts Daily Collegian says friends and relatives describe Pintado as “an amiable pacifist with a passion for immigrants’ rights and state support of public higher education, though they said he suffers from anxiety and could sometimes become swept up in his own dedication and act excitedly.”
The article quotes Pintado’s son-in-law as saying Pintado did something dumb, “right up there with all the teenagers who call in fake bomb threats to their junior high schools and people like Sharron Angle who call for citizens to exercise their Second Amendment rights, or Sarah Palin or people who show up to political rallies with nooses and shotguns, but he is not a killer, not even close.”
Statement from the Martin County Sheriff’s Office:
February 7, 2011—The Martin County Sheriff’s Office has received notification that earlier this morning in the State of Massachusetts Manuel Pintado, in custody on a $450,000 warrant issued in Martin County as a result of the investigation into a threat made against State Representative William Snyder, was released on his own recognizance by a Massachusetts Judge.
Statement from Sheriff Robert L. Crowder regarding this release:
“A death threat lodged against a public official is a very serious matter. I am baffled as to why a Massachusetts Judge would negate the bond amount on a warrant issued against a man threatening to do harm and having the ability to do harm to Representative Snyder and his family. These are serious allegations placed against a man who is no stranger to law enforcement, serious enough that a Martin County Judge ordered he be held on a very high bond amount.
“We have grave concerns that Pintado will be unwilling to return to Florida on his own and, more importantly, are concerned that there again exists a possibility that because of his release he could potentially act upon his previous threat. Detectives from the Martin County Sheriff’s Office that are also sworn Deputy US Marshals are in Massachusetts and were prepared to assume custody of Pintado this morning and if Judge Goggins had not ordered Pintado’s release, he would have been in custody at the Martin County Jail by tonight.”