Benjamin Craig Matthews, 39, of Mountain Home has been arrested for making threatening calls to CNN headquarters. The calls, according to the Baxter Bulletin, included death threats to anchor Don Lemon.
Matthews is being held in the Baxter County
Atlanta police contacted Arkansas authorities to make the arrest after some 40 calls between Oct. 31 and Nov. 2 were traced the Matthews’ cell phone. Said the Bulletin;
Authorities in Atlanta say the calls to CNN began on Oct. 31. Matthews allegedly made three calls to the network that day. In one of the calls, Matthews reportedly threatened to beat up Lemon in one of the calls. During another that day, Matthews was reportedly verbally abusive with an operator.
The next day, Matthews is accused of calling the network six times in the span of 23 minutes. During one of the calls Matthews reportedly asked to be directed to Lemon’s “dead body hanging from a tree.”
During another call in that short span, Matthews reportedly asked the operator to help kill Lemon.
One Nov. 2, the next, Matthews is accused of placing another six calls to the network during another 23-minute time span. In three of those calls, Matthews is accused of asking his calls be directed to “pipe bombs for Don Lemon.”
The investigation revealed that Matthews had made calls to others: U.S. Rep. Maxine Waters, U.S. Senator Chuck Schumer, attorney Michael Avenatti, the Washington Speakers Bureau and Planned Parenthood.