Monday, August 10, 2009

Man Arrested on Charges of Conspiracy to Assault Federal Officers and Employees

Special Agent in Charge (SAC) Gregory Jones, FBI Atlanta; and Federal Protective Services, U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement announces the arrest today of Michael Eugene Hale, age 38. Hale was arrested on Friday, August 7, 2009, at his place of employment, 5427 Veterans Parkway, Columbus, Georgia, by FBI Special Agents and FPS Agents, without incident. Hale was charged with a violation of Title 18, Section 115(b), Conspiracy to Assault Federal Officers/Employees.

On Friday, August 7th, 2009, Special Agents and Officers of the FBI, FPS, Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms (ATF), Columbus Homeland Security Office and Investigators of the Harris County, Georgia Sheriffs Office executed a federal search warrant at 1285 Central Church Road, Midland, Georgia in connection with this investigation.

Hale is currently lodged in the Muscogee County Jail and will appear before a U.S. Magistrate Judge in Columbus, Georgia on August 11, 2009, for his initial appearance.

This investigation was conducted jointly by the above noted agencies and stems from an alleged threat to the Social Security Office at Columbus, Georgia.

The public is reminded that all persons are to be considered innocent until proven guilty in a court of law.

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