Authorities in Broward County arrested a 26-year-old Florida man last Saturday after he allegedly threatened to kill President Donald Trump for the death of top Iranian general and terrorist mastermind Qasem Soleimani.
A complaint filed against the man, a local security guard by the name of Chauncy Lump, alleges that on Jan. 3, the same day that the Trump administration eliminated Soleimani with a drone strike, Broward County authorities received a tip from Facebook about a video containing a threat against the president.
In the video, which FB provided a copy of to the Broward County Sheriff’s Office, Lump could be seen with “white cream on his face, a towel on his head, wrapped like a turban, and what appeared to be a shower curtain over his body.” Moreover, viewers could “hear music playing that appears to originate from the Middle East” in the background.
During the course of seven minutes and 10 seconds, Lump proceeded to issue the following multiple threats not only against the president but locals as well.
- “He killed my leader. Please tell me where is Donald Trump?”
- “I need to find the Donald because if I don’t find him, I am going to have to blow up Broward County. Please tell me where he is. I don’t want to have to blow up the Broward County tonight.”
- “Do not play with me. I have AK-47. I have it here. Do not play with me, OK. I will come to Broward County tonight. I am going to come to Broward County.”
- “I am going to come to Broward County. I’m ready for Donald Trump, OK?”
- “I am in Boca. Tell them to come get me from Boca, fifteen minutes from Palm Beach where Donald Trump is. tell them to come get me.”
- “He killed my leader, and I have to kill him. I am ready for Donald. I am ready.”
- “The Feds are watching. I am not afraid of the Feds.”
- “He was on the news earlier landing in Miami. Please take this seriously. I am going to get all of you.”
The video was reportedly posted sometime after the president traveled to Miami, which is in Dade County, to attend a rally at the El Rey Jesús Church.
Using both help from Facebook and the tools at their disposal, local and federal authorities tracked the video to Lump’s home, where they spoke with him early the next morning.
“On January 4, 2020, at approximately 2:00 a.m., law enforcement made contact with LUMP at his residence in Broward County, Florida,” a complaint filed against him by the U.S. Secret Service reads. “After initialing and signing a ‘Miranda Warning — Your Rights’ form, LUMP agreed to provide a statement to law enforcement.”
The local security guard wound up confessing to everything.
“LUMP admitted to producing the Facebook Live video, and said he produced the video in response to the United States’ killing of Iranian General Qasem Soleimani,” the complaint notes.
That was certainly believable enough. However, he then posited some very dubious claims.
First, he claimed to be in possession of a Bachelor’s degree in homeland security from Bethune-Cookman University. But university officials who spoke with the authorities say he only completed one semester.
Second, he claimed his video had been a joke. But as noted in the Secret Service’s complaint, “at no point in the video did LUMP claim he was joking.”
View the full complaint below:
The complaint further notes Lump was in legal possession of a semi-automatic pistol at the time of the interview, and ends with the drafter, special agent Lucas A. White, concluding that the suspect “knowingly and willfully” threatened the president.
“Based on the above information, I respectfully submit that there is probable cause to believe that CHAUNCY DEVONTE LUMP, on January 3, 2019, in Broward County, in the Southern District of Florida, knowingly and willfully made threats to kill and inflict bodily harm upon the President of the United States, in violation of Title l 8, United States Code, Section 871,” it reads.
As of Thursday, he was reportedly being held at a Broward County jail but scheduled to be transferred into the custody of the U.S. Marshals Office.
Lump was also unemployed.
“Mr. Lump is a former employee of Sunstates Security,” his now-former employer reportedly announced in a statement Thursday. “At the time of his employment, he passed a comprehensive background screen indicating no criminal history and was properly licensed with the State of Florida.”
According to the Miami Herald, he faces at least two charges — one for making a false bomb threat, and another for threatening the president.
“I intend on thoroughly investigating the allegations and studying all possible defenses,” his attorney for the bomb threat, Lance Garrett, said. “Mr. Lump is an upstanding young man who has, so far as I know, no prior criminal record. He is presumed innocent of these charges.”
He had no attorney as of Thursday for the other charge.
A Florida man has been arrested for threatening to kill President Donald Trump over the killing of Iranian general Qassem Soleimani.
Chauncy Lump, 26, a security guard from Fort Lauderdale went live on Facebook over the weekend and threatened to kill the US President as retal pic.twitter.com/0JDe8i9OC4
— AfroAlert (@afroalert) January 9, 2020
News of Lump’s threat comes amid an effort by congressional Democrats and left-wing activists to portray Soleimani’s legally justified elimination as an immoral “assassination” versus a mandatory operation rooted in legitimate national security concerns.