A Pennsylvania woman who posted photos on social media of “Trump” signs and said she was “very patriotic” in 2016 was charged with violating a federal hate crime law.
The store clerk, who was identified by a friend as Christina D’Alesandro, was charged Monday with six felony counts of making a terroristic threat and two misdemeanor counts of violating the Federal Hate Crimes Act, a Justice Department official told ABC News.
The official said D’Allesandro is a registered Democrat and had not voted in years.
The official said the incident happened in February 2016 at a Pennsylvania department store in Wilkes-Barre.
It was not immediately clear if D’Atlesandro has an attorney.
The department did not say if she has an agent in the U.S. attorney’s office.
“This is a case that is being investigated by the Wilkes County Prosecutor’s Office and the federal government,” the official said.
S Department of Justice has opened an investigation into this matter.”
The official, who spoke on condition of anonymity because the investigation is ongoing, said D’,Allesboro was initially charged with a misdemeanor count of making an intimidating or abusive communication, but that was dropped when a plea agreement was reached.
The Wilkes Co. is a county of more than 1.6 million people about 90 miles (145 kilometers) northwest of Pittsburgh.
Wilkes-Barre Police Chief Michael C. Pfleger told ABCNews.com that D’ALLSONO was arrested in April at her home in Pennsylvania, where she was living with her parents.
She was being held without bond on Monday, the department said.