Man charged with threatening Newtown residents after attack

Connecticut State Police walk near the scene of an elementary school shooting on December 14, 2012 in Newtown, Connecticut. (File) (Douglas Healey, Getty Images)
Connecticut State Police walk near the scene of an elementary school shooting on December 14, 2012 in Newtown, Connecticut. (File) (Douglas Healey, Getty Images)
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Updated: 6/23 6:16 pm

NEW HAVEN, Conn. (AP) — A Venezuelan man has been charged with making threatening telephone calls to residents of Newtown, Connecticut -- just days after the Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting in December 2012.

The U.S. Attorney's office said Monday that 30-year-old Wilfredo Cardenas Hoffman of El Hatillo, Venezuela, was arrested Saturday at Miami International Airport while traveling to Mexico from Venezuela.

Prosecutors say Cardenas Hoffman made dozens of phone calls to residents of Newtown two days after the shooting in which 26 were killed at the school. Authorities say in a few calls he claimed to be the shooter and threatened to kill the person he called.

He appeared Monday in court in Florida and is due back Thursday for a detention hearing.

It was not immediately clear if he has an attorney.

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