Headline News anchor Nancy Grace announced on television on Monday that Maracopa County, Arizona Sheriff Joe Arpaio likely saved her life and the life of her children after stopping a New York man who had been harassing her with death threats.
“I want to personally thank Sheriff Joe Arpaio of Arizona. I was apparently followed for four years by a bad New York man. He then repeatedly threatened my life. He was apprehended en route after quitting his job and selling all of his belongings,” Grace said. “He was stopped thanks to Arpaio–stopped with a car loaded with guns, knives, handcuffs, zip ties, a police band radio and more. He could have ended my life. But more important, he could have harmed my children. Sheriff Arpaio, Detective Mackowitz, and New York officials, I want to thank you especially on behalf of my children.”
According to a July 25 article in the East Valley Tribune:
A New York man indicted in Arizona on charges that he made Twitter death threats against two national TV commentators over their coverage of Jodi Arias, whom he claims to be in love with, told detectives he was on his way to kill one of them, authorities said Thursday.
Maricopa County sheriff’s officers transported David Lee Simpson, 48, of Bath, N.Y., to Phoenix, where he was booked into jail Wednesday evening.
An Arizona grand jury indicted him July 18 on three felony counts of computer tampering and two counts of stalking.
According to a probable cause statement from the Sheriff’s Office, Simpson began his tweets June 11 claiming he was responsible for the killing of Arias’ boyfriend.
The threats against Nancy Grace and Jane Velez-Mitchell, both hosts of shows on Turner Broadcasting’s HLN network, grew more serious June 12, the same day Maricopa County Attorney Bill Montgomery said he planned to try again to secure the death penalty for Arias.
According to Arpaio, Simpson is charged with 3 counts of Computer Tampering, class 5 felonies, and 2 counts of Stalking, class 3 felonies.