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Man Charged With Disturbing Phone Calls To Newtown Residents: 'This Is Adam Lanza'

LOS ANGELES, CA - APRIL 29:  Handcuffs are seen on the hands of a twenty-year old "Street Villains" gang member who was arrested by Los Angeles Police Department officers from the 77th Street division on April 29, 2012 in Los Angeles, California. The 77th Street division patrol the same neighborhood that truck driver Reginald Denny was nearly beaten to death by a group of black assailants at the intersection of Florence and Normandie Avenues. It?s been 20 years since the verdict was handed down in the Rodney King case that sparked infamous Los Angeles riots.  (Photo by Kevork Djansezian/Getty Images)

LOS ANGELES, CA - APRIL 29: Handcuffs are seen on the hands of a twenty-year old "Street Villains" gang member who was arrested by Los Angeles Police Department officers from the 77th Street division on April 29, 2012 in Los Angeles, California. The 77th Street division patrol the same neighborhood that truck driver Reginald Denny was nearly beaten to death by a group of black assailants at the intersection of Florence and Normandie Avenues. It?s been 20 years since the verdict was handed down in the Rodney King case that sparked infamous Los Angeles riots. (Photo by Kevork Djansezian/Getty Images)  (2012 Getty Images)

A Venezuelan man has been charged with making threatening phone calls to residents of Newtown days after the Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting in December 2012.

The U.S. Attorney's office said Monday that 30-year-old Wilfredo Cardenas Hoffman of El Hatillo, Venezuela, was arrested Saturday at Miami International Airport while traveling to Mexico from Venezuela.

Prosecutors said Cardenas Hoffman made dozens of phone calls to residents of Newtown two days after the shooting in which 26 were killed at the school. Authorities said in a few calls he claimed to be the shooter and threatened to kill the person he called.

In one of the calls he said, “This is Adam Lanza. I’m gonna (expletive) kill you. You’re dead. You’re dead. You hear me? You’re dead,” the indictment read, according to The Register Citizen.

He appeared Monday in court in Florida and is due back Thursday for a detention hearing.

“This complain charges that Cardenas Hoffman made dozens of threatening telephone calls to residents of Newtown when they were suffering from one of the worst tragedies in our nation’s history,” said Deirdre Daly, Connecticut’s U.S. Attorney, in a statement. “Threatening such vulnerable people is reprehensible and inhuman criminal conduct. Further, it inappropriately stressed law enforcement resources at a critically demanding time. This case demonstrates the resolve of our office and the FBI to arrest individuals who believe that international boundaries will protect them from prosecution in the United States.”

It was not immediately clear if Cardenas Hoffman has an attorney. He faces up to five years in prison and a fine of up to $250,000.

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