Roger M. Matthews of Warwick, Md.

Delaware State Police have arrested a man from Warwick, Maryland, just west of Middletown, and have charged him in connection with the online social media posting of a threat against Delaware Gov. Jack Markell.

The investigation began on Sunday, Nov. 6 at about 6:15 p.m., after troopers were called to respond to a residence in Middletown. When troopers arrived, they talked to a female resident of the home, who said that she, as well as Delaware Gov. Jack Markell, had been threatened on a Facebook post by a man she identified as Roger M. Matthews, 51. The female victim said that Matthews is a relative of one of her family members. Troopers then reviewed the post which in fact did contain threats against Gov. Markell, police said.

On Tuesday, Nov. 8, troopers took Roger Matthews into custody without incident. He was taken to Troop 2 where he was charged with threatening the life of a public official. He was arraigned at Justice of the Peace Court 11 and committed to the Howard R. Young Correctional Institution in default of $4,000 cash bond while awaiting another court appearance.

Police said due to the sensitive nature of this incident, specific details will not be released.

Police are asking anyone with information about this incident to call Detective William Harris at 302-365-8428. Information may also be provided by calling Delaware Crime Stoppers at 1-800-TIP-3333, via the internet at, or by sending an anonymous tip by text to 274637 (CRIMES) using the keyword "DSP."