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Man accused of threatening FBI agent

Attorney: Homeless man has competency issues

 


CLOVIS — The FBI on Monday arrested a man in Clovis for allegedly threatening “to assault or murder” one of its agents and an assistant U.S. attorney, records show.

The suspect is a homeless man recently struggling after the death of his mother, his defense attorney told The News.

Roy Goodman, 46, of Clovis, is accused of making the threats “on or about March 15, 2018, at or near Roswell,” according to an indictment filed July 10 in U.S. District Court in Albuquerque. An arrest warrant was issued the same day.

According to the indictment, Goodman is accused of “stating at least twice that he was going to ‘kill the police,’ and specifically to (an FBI special agent): ‘If I see you, I’m going to try to hurt you.”

He is also accused of telling an assistant United States attorney, “The day I have contact with you is the day that we all gonna die, because of the post traumatic stress disorder.”

In connection with both threats, Goodman is charged with transmitting the alleged threats “in interstate and foreign commerce, through the use of a cell phone.”

He had his initial appearance Tuesday in federal court in Albuquerque and is scheduled Thursday there for a detention hearing, according to a media release from Frank Fisher, public affairs officer for the FBI’s Albuquerque division.

Fisher said Tuesday he “cannot comment beyond what’s in the indictment at this time.”

Locally, Goodman was arrested March 24 and released from the Curry County Detention Center on June 18, according to jail records. He was charged March 9 with a misdemeanor for allegedly calling county offices multiple times in the preceding weeks “demanding money ... after he was told the county could not help him.”

An arrest warrant affidavit on that case said Goodman called the county March 8 and stated “that if they ever touched him it would be first degree murder premeditate and that he was his own attorney and would prosecute them all.”

The attorney representing Goodman on the Clovis case, in which he pleaded not guilty last month, said the federal and local charges are not related but provided some context for Goodman’s recent issues.

“Mr. Goodman is a homeless man whose mother died just a few months ago. He has a long history of competency to stand trial issues,” Sandra Gallagher wrote in a message to The News. “There are no adequate resources in our community to help people in his position, sadly.”

Goodman’s listed federal public defender, Amanda Lavin, did not immediately respond Tuesday to messages from The News for comment.

 

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