Englewood exec. suspended after allegedly threatening state lawmaker
DENVER — An Englewood man arrested Friday for allegedly threatening a state lawmaker has been suspended from his company.
Frank Sain is the Chief Operating Officer of SofTec Solutions, who announced Tuesday that he had been “suspended immediately from further duties.”
“We are shocked to learn of these allegations and are taking this matter very seriously,” SofTec said in a Facebook post. “If true, these actions are highly inappropriate and will not be tolerated.”
“SofTec Solutions is a minority-owned, small business and we employ a large diverse workforce. We will absolutely not tolerate any racial, sexual, gender-based slurs or threats of violence by employees,” the statement said.
Sain was arrested after investigators said he sent harassing e-mails and phone calls to Rep. Rhonda Fields, the sponsor of two controversial gun control legislation measures at the Capitol.
Sain, 42, is a resident of Colorado Springs and bonded out of jail.
The application filed for Sain’s arrest warrant ties him to six e-mails, one voicemail and one paper letter sent to Fields. The communications are riddled with foul language, spelling errors and racial epithets.
“I guarantee there is not enough law enforcement or military to stop an all-out overthrow of this government if you or that n—– president tries to take our guns,” one e-mail dated Feb. 13 reads. “Guarantee we will make World War I and II look like child’s play, many will die. Be prepared.”
Another e-mail expresses hope that someone would “Giffords” both Fields and Rep. Beth McCann, a reference to the 2011 mass shooting that nearly killed Arizona Rep. Gabby Giffords.
The paper letter attributed to Sain states, “There will be blood! I’m coming for you, n—– b—–.” The letter was postmarked Feb. 16.
Sain has also hired two attorneys, both focused on First Amendment law, to represent him; they issued a statement late Tuesday afternoon.
“We are deeply concerned about the government’s retaliation against Mr. Sain for his protected First Amendment political speech,” said Siddartha Rathod and Qusair Mohamedhai, both proteges of David Lane, wrote in a statement.
“We appreciate Representative Rhonda Fields’s service to our community; however, we remind you that Mr. Sain valiantly served his country as a decorated Iraqi war veteran. Representative Fields appears to be furthering her political agenda by trampling on Mr. Sain’s constitutionally protected free speech in order to infringe on all Coloradans’ Second Amendment rights.”
In an exclusive interview with FOX31 Denver’s Julie Hayden that will air Tuesday night at 9 p.m., Rathod didn’t admit that Sain sent the emails in question, which may not be protected by the First Amendment, which, the Supreme Court has ruled, does not protect speech that causes a breach of the peace or causes violence.
Troopers with the Colorado State Patrol, which is responsible for guarding the state capitol and legislators, have responded to the threat by increasing security around Fields, a Democrat from Aurora.
Fields: ‘I’m still very afraid’
Addressing reporters Tuesday, Fields said that she’s still scared for her life.
“I’m 58 years old and I have never been talked to like that,” said Field of the emails. “I was really shaken by them.”
Fields immediately compared the intimidation to that faced by her son, Javad, who was murdered by gang members he was set to testify against back in 2005.
“You all know my story,” Fields told reporters. “About nine years ago, my son was intimidated and threatened and it ended his life; he was ambushed and murdered. So when somebody threatens me and my family, I take that very seriously.”
Fields is the sponsor of House Bill 1224, which would ban high-capacity magazines of more than 15 rounds, and House Bill 1229, which would mandate CBI background checks on all private gun sales and transfers.
Fields also reiterated that she won’t be “deterred by threat”, as she said in her initial statement issued Monday.
“I’m committed to the end.”
Several state lawmakers have revealed that they have received threats over their position on the package of gun control bills being debated at the Capitol.