Authorities: NJ man threatened Florida sheriff who stood up to neo-Nazi groups

Richard Golden was charged with making a written threat to kill or cause injury.

Matt Trapani

Mar 14, 2023, 11:27 PM

Updated 486 days ago

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A South Brunswick man is facing charges after he allegedly threatened to kill a Florida sheriff who recently stood up against a neo-Nazi hate group.
Richard Golden, 38, was arrested at his mother’s home in the Monmouth Junction section of South Brunswick.
Authorities say that Golden made anonymous online threats to kill Volusia County Sheriff Mike Chitwood.
Officials say that Golden made the comments in a 4chan chat on Feb. 22. He and other users were allegedly discussing Chitwood’s response to recent hate activity in Florida.
Golden allegedly wrote, “Just shoot Chitwood in the head and murder him.”
Investigators were able to identify Golden, who lives with his mother, according to officials. He was arrested on Monday and faces extradition to Florida.
“I cannot wait to meet him when he gets off the plane,” Chitwood said, “because one of the first faces he’s going to see welcoming him to the Volusia County Jail, the happiest place on earth, is going to be me.”
Chitwood says that “Nazi sympathizers and hate group supporters” have made several unsuccessful attempts to intimidate him and his family due to his stance against these groups.
Golden was charged with making a written threat to kill or cause injury.


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