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Santa Fean charged with calling FBI to threaten police

SANTA FE, N.M. — A Santa Fe man was arrested and jailed Wednesday on felony charges of making threats using interstate communications after he called the FBI’s tip line and said he would to shoot law enforcement officers if they didn’t leave him alone.

Jose Rael, 44, allegedly made the call to the FBI’s Public Access Line, which rings in Clarksburg, W.V., on Saturday, according to a statement of probable cause for his arrest.

He said that he was being watched by the Santa Fe Police Department, the Santa Fe County Sheriff’s Office and the U.S. Drug Enforcement Agency and if they didn’t stop harassing him, “maybe, I don’t know, somebody may get shot. Somebody may die.”

The FBI traced the number the call came in from to Rael.

Rael, who the FBI says claims he suffers from Post Traumatic Stress Disorder, allegedly said that he has a right to defend himself “against any enemy foreign or domestic” and that he has “more guns than the FBI.”

The FBI said that Rael was taken into custody on Wednesday and made an initial appearance in federal court in Albuquerque later in the day.

According to the FBI, Rael has an arrest history that includes assault on a police officer in 2006, manufacturing and trafficking controlled substances in 2013, and two courts of assault with a deadly weapon in 2017.