A stressed-out Rhode Island man who lost his job during the pandemic threatened to go a mayor’s house and order her outside at gunpoint, police said.
Michael Roy, 33, of Woonsocket, was arraigned Tuesday on a felony count of threatening a public official for calling a city police dispatcher on Dec. 23 and vowing to go to the nearby home of Mayor Lisa Baldelli-Hunt while armed, police said.
“Mr. Roy claimed to have loaded weapons and that he lived just a block from the Woonsocket mayor,” police said in a statement. “He threatened to go to the mayor’s house with his guns and order her out of the house.”
Police said a dispatcher transferred the troubling call to Sgt. Justin Glode, a night supervisor and certified hostage negotiator who spent more than two hours on the phone with Roy as other cops went to his home.
During the call, Roy told Glode about being laid off from his job