A 49-year-old Nanuet man accused of illegally possessing firearms and a metal knuckle knife, as well as making threats on Facebook to kill state and federal officials, has been indicted by a Rockland County Grand Jury on the charge of criminal possession of a weapon. The FBI and U.S. Attorney’s Office have announced they will be handling the death threats portion of the case.
Mulqueen is a convicted felon and thus not allowed to own firearms. The metal knuckle knife is an illegal weapon in New York State. The police found a small cache of weapons in Mulqueen’s Nanuet home when they searched the premises last week.
Mulqueen had in his possession:
- 1 10.62×54 Bolt Action Rifle
- 1 Remington 35 Pump Action Rifle loaded with 6 rounds
- Approximately 100 rounds of ammunition, including 27 rounds of .50 caliber armor piercing bullets (tank buster)
- 1 Sword
- 2 Rifle bayonets
- 1 Rifle scope
- 1 Metal knuckle knife
- 1 Bulletproof body armor
Mulqueen had been posting incindiery threats on the Internet site Facebook in recent weeks under the pseudonym Lawrence Henry. Authorities revealed some of the messages.
According to authorities Mulqueen had threatened to kill mostly Democratic politicians and officials including Governor Andrew Cuomo, Mayor Michael Bloomberg, Senator Charles Schumer, Rep. Nita Lowey, and national political figures like Sens. Harry Reid Diane Feinstein, Barbara Boxer and Rep. Nancy Pelosi, the “every Congressional Black Caucus member” and several other congressmen and women.
Mulqueen also surmised that any supporter of President Obama should be considered a traitor and shot, police said.
“I can’t wait to start killing the scum,” was one quote of Mulqueen’s released by authorities.
Other remarks he is said to have uttered on Facebook include a promise to some local Dem politicians, “Your dirt nap is coming very soon.”
He exclaimed in one status update “I want these scumbags DEAD!!!” And added, “That traitor scum, Obama subserviant eunichs, f–k them and death to them all.”
Mulqueen was outed to authorities by his landlord Fran Pillersdorf, 63. She had grown concerned that Mulqueen was going beyond venting to actually representing a threat.
Pillersdorf said she’s been in arguments with Mulqueen in recent weeks and she found him to be unstable. She also said he was a drunk.
Police believe Mulqueen is part of the so-called “sovereign citizens” movement, which is comprised of persons who believe they are not subject to any outside authority. The FBI considers this to be a terrorist movement.
Clarkstown police said Mulqueen had a felony DWI on his record as well as harassment and criminal contempt charges.
Mulqueen was charged with third- and fourth-degree criminal possession of a weapon, a Class D felony and a Class A misdemeanor respectively, making terroristic threats, a Class D felony under NY State law, and harassment.
The FBI and US Attorney’s Office are also interested in pursuing Mulqueen’s terror threats under federal law.