Threats against reality TV stars expand to governor, police chief

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Matt and Amy Roloff say they're being targeted with death threats through Facebook. The threats are now also aimed at Oregon's governor and Portland's police chief.

PORTLAND, Ore. – Intensifying threats against the stars of the reality TV show, "Little People, Big World" now includes public officials.

KATU News On Your Side Investigator Anna Canzano first reported this story last week. Now, she has received a message targeting the governor and a police chief.

Law enforcement is taking notice of the threats.

According to the Washington County Sheriff’s Office, it has a couple people of interest it is looking at in the case. The FBI is chiming in, as well.

Reality TV stars Amy and Matt Roloff recently told KATU News they've been receiving death threats.

"I'm scared at night," Amy Roloff said in an interview last week. "I'm a lot more afraid at night when it's dark here."

"We're getting death threats. We've got strange cars. We're getting phone calls in the middle of the night – can't you at least track and find out who it is?" Matt Roloff said during the same interview.

KATU News took the concerns of the Roloff's to the Washington County Sheriff's Office and reached out via Facebook to the profiles of people who'd sent some of the threats.

Someone named "Brittney" responded with a message containing many spelling errors: "We won't tell why we do it. We r intrested in taking them down."

It made reference to the Roloff's daughter, Molly, as being "sexy." And it included threats to bomb the Justice Center as well as threats to Oregon Gov. John Kitzhaber and Portland Police Chief Mike Reese.

There was also a promise to continue messaging the Roloffs and something about taking down community volunteer areas in Portland.

"We do have freedom of speech, but when you get to where you're threatening and making specific threatening comments, that's when it crosses over into illegal activity," said Washington County Sheriff Office spokesman Sgt. Bob Ray.
He said computer forensic specialists will examine this evidence and Washington County will forward its reports to the other agencies mentioned in the message, like the Portland police.

"Certain investigators will look to see if it's legit (and) if it's somebody local," said Portland police spokesman Sgt. Pete Simpson.

The FBI initially neither confirmed nor denied it even had an active investigation. Spokeswoman Beth Anne Steele now says it is "aware of these threats and has been responding appropriately to them."

The message KATU received appears to be from a fake Facebook profile for someone using the name and photo from a real Brittney that exists.

"They don't have to like me, but hurting someone is over the edge," Amy Roloff said.

KATU has reached out to the person it thinks is the real Brittany.

KATU News has also heard from a family whose daughter's Facebook profile was hacked and used to send these threats to the Roloffs. They're very upset, too, and are hoping the FBI tracks down whoever is really behind these messages.