Sun Valley man arrested for allegedly threatening to 'unabomb' FBI offices

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Friday, December 22, 2023
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LOS ANGELES (CNS) -- A San Fernando Valley man was arrested on a federal criminal complaint alleging he sent a series of threatening emails to the FBI, including ones in which he threatened to bomb the bureau's Westwood office and referenced the notorious "Unabomber."

Mark William Anten, 52, of Sun Valley, is charged with making threats by interstate communication, a felony carrying a sentence of up to five years in federal prison, according to the U.S. Attorney's Office.

FBI agents arrested Anten without incident at his residence. A federal magistrate judge Thursday ordered Anten jailed without bond and scheduled an arraignment for Jan. 11 in federal court in downtown Los Angeles.

According to an affidavit filed with the complaint, since July, Anten has sent numerous threatening communications to the FBI, including emails that reference bombing the FBI's Los Angeles Field Office.

Specifically, on Nov. 2, Anten allegedly emailed FBI agents saying he was voted most likely in his graduating class to become the next Unabomber -- a reference to Theodore Kaczynski, whose 20-year bombing campaign killed three people and injured nearly two dozen more. Kaczynski was convicted of federal crimes, spent the bulk of his prison sentence in the SuperMax federal prison in Colorado, and died in prison in June.

In the Nov. 2 email, Anten allegedly listed similarities between himself and Kaczynski, proclaimed that he was working on a manifesto, and signed his email "Unabomber.''

On Nov. 20, two FBI agents interviewed Anten in front of his residence. During the interview, Anten admitted to sending the previous communications and the officers admonished him to stop contacting agents, the affidavit states.

Despite the admonition, Anten's conduct escalated. On Dec. 5, Anten allegedly sent a string of threatening emails to FBI agents, in which he threatened to Unabomb'' the FBI's Los Angeles office. In one email sent on Dec. 6, Anten allegedly emailed agents, I can go on a mass murder spree. In fact, it would be very explainable by your actions'' and signed it, "SuperMax or Death.'' He also sent an email that included an image depicting the results of a Google internet search for "how to make a dirty bomb.''

Later on Dec. 6, Anten visited the FBI's Los Angeles Field Office and later emailed agents that he visited their building and would continue to do so. Surveillance footage confirmed Anten's presence there, according to federal prosecutors.