A "fanatical supporter" of President Barack Obama has been taken into custody and is now the prime suspect in the Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio death threat investigation. The diligent team at 550KFYI alerted The Blaze that 33-year-old Adam Eugene Cox was arrested in Tennessee Friday on an unrelated warrant for assault. Cox said he planned to brutally slay Arpaio and his family, vowing the Sheriff "will be filled with a thousand bullet holes before the year is out."
"I promise you this. He won’t f**k with Obama," Cox declared.
The following is a statement released by the Sheriff's Office:
Deputies in Knoxville, Tennessee working with Maricopa County Sheriff’s deputies today served a search warrant and seized computer and other evidence from the home of Adam Eugene Cox, 33, after an investigation into an internet death threat against Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio came to light in
Cox was arrested today and taken into custody on an unrelated warrant for assault and is being investigated as the prime suspect in the Arpaio death threat investigation.
In that threat, Cox stated Sheriff Joe Arpaio and his family would be killed.
The suspect's threats read in part:
"I plan to kill Arpaio first. He will be filled with a thousand bullet holes before the year is out. I promise you this. He won’t f**k with Obama. He will be buried 10 feet under and his whole family will be murdered along with him."
The Maricopa County Sheriff's Office said the suspect's postings indicate he is a fervent Obama supporter and that Arpaio's ongoing investigation into the legitimacy of the president's birth certificate may have been the catalyst behind the death threat.
According to MCSO officials in the written statement, Cox's mother confirmed her son is a fanatical supporter of Obama.
Knoxville deputies said Cox has a history of assault.
"I will not be intimidated against pursuing this investigation into Obama's eligibility to serve as the president of the United States," Arpaio said.
Listen to Deputy Chief Dave Trombi from The Maricopa County Sheriff's Office talk about the investigation with Mike Broomhead. The interview took place late Friday afternoon.
An entire copy of the Sheriff's Office statement can be found at KFYI.