A Miami Gardens man has been arrested for sending five envelopes containing a powdery substance to two government offices in Broward County.
Tarvess Taylor, 26, allegedly included his name in envelopes mailed to the Broward Sheriff’s Office and the 17th Judicial Circuit courthouse in October. Both buildings had to be closed so a Haz-Mat team could investigate the powder.
In an indictment, prosecutors said Taylor wrote strange messages in the envelopes, including “Police is to kill Black [...]. Not give them lawsuit” and “You Polices his fools you Don’t kill that.”
He also wrote his own name: “I smell death And guess What it’s Tarvess Taylor and his family and friends.”
His anger toward authorities may have come to a boil after being shot by police in 2008, reports Broward-Palm Beach New Times. Taylor was reportedly attempting to cash a forged check at a bank drive-thru in Pembroke Pines when confronted by police; he allegedly attempted to run over an officer, who shot at the vehicle, striking Taylor in both arms.
Taylor was indicted last week and arrested by U.S. Marshals on April 17.
He faces five counts of a hoax threat and could see 5 years in prison, $250,000 in fines, and three years of supervision once released, according to the indictment.