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Russian-American Accused of Bomb Threats Against El Cajon Courthouse

Georgiy Chipunov, 28, has been called "a dangerous Russian terrorist" by Baja authorities.

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A Russian-born U.S. citizen accused of threatening a sheriff's deputy and a judge at the El Cajon courthouse pleaded not guilty Tuesday to felony charges.

Georgiy Chipunov, 28, faces up to three years and eight months in prison if convicted of two counts of making a false bomb threat.

Chipunov—who was detained Thursday in Tijuana and turned over to U.S. authorities—has his bail set at $1 million.

A news release from the Baja California Public Safety Secretariat described the defendant as "a dangerous Russian terrorist" who had "threatened to explode the installations of the court in San Diego ... as well as kill judges and officials."

The alleged threats led to the closing of the courthouse for two days, according to the statement.

San Diego County Sheriff's Department spokeswoman Jan Caldwell would only say that Chipunov was arrested for allegedly "sending threatening emails" to the deputy and the judge.

Chipunov will be back in court Monday for a bail review. A preliminary hearing was set for Sept. 4.

—City News Service

Mary August 23, 2012 at 04:25 PM
I vote for raising the bail requirement or not allowing bail since he is a danger to our society.
rustyfrog August 23, 2012 at 05:12 PM
While his threats were false, he can get real jail time. However,, the black panthers and the muslim brotherhood make real threats against all of us and they are ignored. Why is that do you suppose?

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