Page man arrested after racist Facebook threat

A Page resident was arrested shortly after a post on their Facebook page indicated threats to harm Diné who are “100% infected with the coronavirus.”2 Daniel Drew Franzen, 34, was arrested on suspicion of attempting to incite an act of terrorism. It is unknown if Franzen made his first court appearance. The Page Police Department was informed on Monday evening of a volatile Facebook post that appeared to have been published by Franzen. Franzen was arrested shortly thereafter and was booked into the Coconino County Jail on the Class 3 felony, which has a presumptive term of 3.5 years in prison. “The post was threatening in nature and directed toward Navajo community members due to the suspect’s stated belief that all ‘Navajo’ are infected with COVID-19,” Page Police Detective Terry TerEick said in a statement. “An investigation was immediately opened.” The Facebook post read, “Danger Danger if you see these Navajo any Where call the police or shoot to kill these Navajo are 100% infected with the Coronavirus and needs to be stopped leathel Force is Athoizied. Page Arizona do not needed this spreading stop these people in any way or form. The Navajo police are not taking responsibility.” The post was deleted hours after it went viral.


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