Florida woman arrested for sending online death threats to DeSantis
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Florida woman arrested for sending online death threats to DeSantis

A Florida woman was arrested Tuesday after she allegedly admitted to making online death threats against Republican Gov. Ron DeSantis, according to officials.

Danyele Callaway, 20, was charged with making written or electronic threats to kill or cause bodily harm, the Hillsborough County Sheriff’s Office said in a news release.

DeSantis’ office notified the Florida Department of Law Enforcement on Monday after threats against his office appeared on its website. The agency then contacted the Hillsborough County Sheriff’s Office about the threats.

The message from the suspect, later identified as Callaway, included a request for an immediate in-person meeting and “life-threatening statements,” which sparked concern among the governor’s staff, the sheriff’s office said.

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Florida woman arrested for sending online death threats to DeSantis

Danyele Callaway, 20, was charged with making written or electronic threats to kill or cause bodily harm after she allegedly sent “life-threatening statements” to Gov. Ron DeSantis’ office, according to the Hillsborough County Sheriff’s Office. (Hillsborough County Sheriff’s Office)

Callaway has previous arrests, including for domestic violence and assault on a public official, the sheriff’s office said. She also previously made verbal threats against DeSantis and made anti-government and anti-government comments.

At 9:30 a.m. Tuesday, sheriff’s deputies from the behavioral health unit arrived at Callaway’s home to conduct a mental health evaluation and assess his potential threat status.

Callaway was arrested after allegedly admitting to making threats during an interview with deputies. She was booked into the Orient Road Jail.

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Danyele Callaway allegedly admitted to making online threats against Gov. Ron DeSantis during an interview with Hillsborough County sheriff’s deputies. (Scott Olson/Getty Images)

“The Hillsborough County Sheriff’s Office will not tolerate threats of any kind, especially from those who think they can hide behind a keyboard to spread fear and harm,” Sheriff Chad Chronister said in a statement. “We will not accept threats against anyone in our community, especially our governor.”

He continued: “Threatening the lives of those who serve our democratic institutions is an attack on the very principles of our society and justice system. While everyone is entitled to their own opinions, no one has the right to endanger the lives of others. This case is a stark reminder that threats of violence will not be tolerated. We will continue to pursue and hold accountable anyone who attempts to disrupt the peace and security of our community.”

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The incident is still under investigation.