Monday, January 17, 2011

Man Arrested for Aggravated Harassment of Ackerman by Lori Gross - Bayside, NY Patch

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Man made 40 calls “of a rambling nature" to U.S. Reps office, also allegedly threatening law enforcement

A Long Island man was arrested on charges of Aggravated Harassment after allegedly making about 40 phone calls to the Bayside office Rep. Gary Ackerman, according to the Nassau County Police Department.

NCPD’s Special Investigations Detective Squad visited the home of James Guarnaccio, 55, in Hicksville on Thursday after the torrent of calls, allegedly made between Dec. 23 and Jan. 1.

The calls, according to NCPD were, “of a rambling nature and were not threats against the Congressman.”

During the visit, detectives told Guarnaccio to stop phoning Ackerman, or he would be arrested.

That evening through the morning, he made seven more calls to the Congressman’s office, making what NCPD describe as “threats against local and federal law enforcement.”

He was arrested on Friday, and taken to Nassau University Medical Center for evaluation, where he was arraigned at bedside on Saturday.