A man accused of threatening a prominent Google executive via Twitter has been arrested and indicted on felony charges by a federal grand jury in San Francisco, court documents show.
Gregory Calvin King, 27, was arrested by the FBI in Texas on Aug. 19 after relocating from Virginia to the San Antonio area, according to media reports in San Antonio.
On Thursday, King was indicted in U.S. District Court in San Francisco, according to court records. Prosecutors said King posted more than 20,000 messages on Twitter between November 2010 and Aug. 19 to an individual they identified only as “M.M.”
King’s Twitter account shows the violent, profanity-laced and often bizarre messages and personal attacks were sent to Marissa Mayer, the Google vice president of local, maps and location services. Mayer, 36, of San Francisco, was the company’s first female engineer and has been one of its most highly visible executives.
King’s indictment charges him with threats transmitted through interstate communication and harassing communications. If convicted, he could face up to five years in prison for the first count and up to two years in prison for the second count.
The indictment mentions Twitter postings to Mayer on Aug. 14 saying “IM SURE YOU THINK IM SERIOUS AND I’LL F****** SHOOT YOU” and “I REALLY THINK I NEED TO SHOOT SOMEONE TO EVEN MY F****** SCORE.”
Other posts on King’s Twitter feed included “I should f****** shoot your ass marissa.”
San Francisco FBI spokeswoman Julie Sohn said Monday “there is no known connection between King and the Google executive.”
In some of his Twitter posts, King accused Mayer of having him falsely arrested and being associated with a group that tried to infect him with HIV “in powder form.” He also made derogatory statements about Jews, blacks and Latinos.
After an initial court appearance in federal court in San Antonio on Aug. 22, a prosecutor requested King be held without bail because he posed “a danger to the safety of the community.” He was ordered transferred to San Francisco for prosecution on Aug. 25.
A future court date has not yet been set, and attorneys for King were not immediately available for comment. A Google spokesperson also did not immediately respond.