Threats against government workers leads to charges

    Newark man faces terroristic threatening charges after saying someone should crash a plane into a New Castle County government building.

    Even if you are upset about having to pay a late fee in addition to your sewer bill, it’s probably not a good idea to express your displeasure by saying somebody should fly a plane into a government building.

    That’s a lesson 45 year old Darren Spayd of Newark learned the hard way Tuesday.  Spayd is accused of terroristic threatening after several New Castle County employees heard him say, “Somebody should fly a plane into this building.”  The building Spayd was referring to was the County Government Center where he had gone to pay his sewer fees.  Police say he became disorderly after he learned he also owed a late fee.  Spayd allegedly through his change back at the workers and started shouting profanities before making the threatening statement.

    Darren Spayd
    Darren Spayd

    In addition to New Castle County Police, the FBI office in Wilmington was notified of the threat, which came less than two weeks after a Texas man who was in the middle of an audit flew a plane into an IRS building in Austin, killing himself and an IRS employee.

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    Spayd faces charges of disorderly conduct and terroristic threatening.  He’s been released after posting $2,500 bail.  He was ordered to have no contact with the Government Center.

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