A former East Bay college student is facing a federal charge Monday for making death threats to some of his professors including two from Diablo Valley College.
The emails included threats such as "you will bleed" and "I'm coming for you."
The messages were included the federal complaint out of Oregon where the former student is now living. His family says the student is mentally ill and not a threat, but the FBI is taking it all very seriously.
Newly released court documents revealed two instructors at Diablo Valley Community College in Pleasant Hill received death threats last year from the same former student, 29-year-old Zachary Moitoza.
A 28-page affidavit from an FBI agent on the case detailed the threatening emails including one which read: "I own a PTR-91 .308 caliber semi-automatic rifle, with a 20-bullet clip."
The message went on to say: "I could easily pick you off from 800 meters as you go to work. I'm coming for you."
There was also a racial component to the emails. College administrators said they alerted police who handed the case to the FBI.
Agents tracked the emails to Eugene, Oregon, where they say Moitoza set up a Yahoo account under a fake name.
While Moitoza admitted sending the emails, a search of his apartment did not turn up any weapons.
On the phone Monday, Moitoza's father TOLD KTVU his son was unstable
"He's mentally ill. He's not rational," said the father. "It's a very sad situation. The family feels very bad for the people he sent the emails to."
KTVU is not naming the instructors targeted. School officials and students said they were glad the threats weren't brushed aside.
"What I always think of is what if you didn't take something seriously and then something happened and you did know?" asked Diablo Valley College student Chrisanne Knox Or at least you had some inkling and you didn't take it seriously? I don't think any of us could live with that."
Moitoza graduated from the University of Oregon in 2007 with a degree in political science.
He is not in custody while awaiting trial, but he has been ordered to have a mental health evaluation. Moitoza is also prohibited from using any computers or phones with internet access.
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