BY JENNIFER CABRERA
Ryan Isaiah Odum, 21, was arrested today on a warrant for sending an email with a death threat to Gainesville Mayor Lauren Poe.
Odum had two other outstanding local warrants from last June and last August for allegedly stalking University of Florida students; at the time, he was or had recently been a University of Florida student who had previously lived in the same building as two of the stalking victims.
The Gainesville Police Department (GPD) sworn complaint in the case related to Poe states that Odum “appears to be unhappy with the case/charges and has been communicating this to GPD, State Attorney Office, UPD and City of Gainesville by way of email communication.” Odum reportedly had complained that the officer and victims in the other cases had lied. Another email Odum reportedly sent to the City of Gainesville stated that “GPD and the people of Gainesville are involved in crimes and injustices against him.” The officer wrote that GPD has tried to resolve specific issues with Odum, but Odum was not satisfied.
The complaint says that Poe received the following email from Odum at 8:20 a.m. on March 5:
“Good morning Gainesville Mayor Lauren Poe,
“I reject and will not acknowledge the authority of your judges, prosecutors, police officers, or any other person who tries to impose their authority over me. Previously, I sought to resolve the conflict between myself and the city of Gainesville with peaceful resolution but such an option seems no longer plausible after you all blatantly ignore my grievances and my demand for justice. As the conflict between I and the city of Gainesville escalate[sic], I predict this conflict could become an extremely bloody and deadly one with tragic consequences. If people should die or suffer let the pain and blood of your men, women, children, and my loved ones be on all of your hands. I will not tolerate the city of Gainesville to continue to violate my rights or to interfere with my wishes any longer. I decided that the city of Gainesville from the government to their people should and will be punish[sic] for their crimes and sins.
“Sincerely, Ryan Odum”
Odum has been charged with sending a written threat to kill or injure and is being held on $595,000 bail for the three cases.
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