Arrest Made Over Email Threat to Portland Police Officers

The Residence Inn on Fore Street.

The Residence Inn on Fore Street Where Espen Brungodt Was Arrested Today.

By Carol McCracken  (Post # 2,676)

Espen Brungodt, a white, 28-year-old citizen of Norway, was arrested today in connection with email threats to kill Portland Police officers using explosives and high-powered rifles.  He was taken into custody around 1:00 pm at the Residence Inn at 145 Fore Street, Portland, by FBI and Portland Police officers.

The threat was sent to Portland Police officials and local media around 8:45 am today.  Police took the threat very seriously, moving quickly to increase security of the police station and the adjacent Cumberland County parking garage.  Officers on patrol were warned to be even more vigilant and aware of their surroundings.  The Cumberland County Courthouse was closed later in the day when the investigation into the perpetrator was likely in the area.

Brungodt entered the US through “Boston on July 26th.  He was traveling with family members.  There is no indication they were aware of his actions.  Brungodt was not armed and offered no resistance when taken into custody.  He remains at the Cumberland County Jail and is facing federal charges of transmitting threatening communications.

It is unfortunate that recent national events remind us that some will threaten and try to injure police offices said the press release.  Portland remains a safe city and the police department is thankful for the widespread and strong community support it receives. Police Chief Michael Sauschuck thanked both the FBI and Homeland Security for their cooperation in this investigation.