Man calls FBI office 112 times, threatens to blow up building, assault agents

ST. GEORGE – A St. George man was arrested Monday after calling the Federal Bureau of Investigation Office 112 times over the last several days making threats of violence.

Robert V. Zickella Jr., of St. George, Utah | Photo courtesy of Washington County Sheriff’s booking, St. George News
Robert V. Zickella Jr., of St. George, Booking photo, Hurricane, Utah, Sept. 1, 2014 | Photo courtesy of Washington County Sheriff’s booking, St. George News

Robert V. Zickella Jr., 49, faces second-degree felony charges for threat of terrorism.

“Robert had left messages on Saturday threatening to blow up the FBI building,” St. George Police Officer Zack Bahlmann said in his probable cause statement supporting the arrest. “Robert also threatened to rape the FBI agents and their families.”

According to Utah Criminal Code 76-5-107.3(1)(A), a person commits a threat of terrorism if the person threatens to commit any offense involving bodily injury, death or substantial property damage, and either threatens the use of a weapon of mass destruction or threatens the use of a hoax weapon of mass destruction.

This isn’t the first time Zickella has had run-ins with the law. According to court documents dating all the way back to 1986, he has been arrested for aggravated burglary, kidnapping, sex offenses, lewdness, assault, criminal mischief and other criminal offenses in Utah.

Officers located Zickella at the Roadway Inn, located at 999 E. Red Hills Parkway in St. George.

Zickella was arrested and booked into the Washington County Purgatory Correctional Facility on Monday. His bail is set at $10,000.

Zickella is scheduled to make his first court appearance Tuesday.

Persons arrested or charged are presumed innocent until found guilty in a court of law or as otherwise decided by a trier-of-fact.

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  • Walter Sobchak September 2, 2014 at 12:58 pm


    • Bender September 2, 2014 at 1:18 pm

      Walter, ya know, it’s Smokey, so his toe slipped over the line a little …

  • My Evil Twin September 2, 2014 at 1:50 pm

    Hey what a “good looking specimen” he is. Maybe he and Jaime Tactay could get together. Sounds like they’d be a perfect match. . .

  • indy-vfr September 2, 2014 at 3:23 pm

    Too bad he’s not an “immigrant”…..he’d be back out on the street by now.

  • PJ2 September 2, 2014 at 3:47 pm


  • Zonkerb September 2, 2014 at 5:21 pm

    Stupid is as stupid does

  • DAVE September 2, 2014 at 8:00 pm

    While most everyone can appreciate sarcastic humor, simply for “shock value”, doesn’t anyone who has already replied, by 3:47 p.m., have anything (even “semi-intelligent”) to post?

    Reading about the problems he has had for the past 28 years, I think it’s safe to assume that his bail (in any amount) should have been denied. Calling the FBI Office 112 times within several days also makes one wonder if he wanted (very badly) to get caught? Being in and out of jail for 28 years, perhaps it’s easier for this individual to receive “3 hots and a cot” for free, rather than working for it?

    Who knows ? – for whatever it’s worth; at least he’s not amongst society, for the time being.

    • that guy September 2, 2014 at 10:30 pm

      It is not free to go to jail. It is called pay to stay they charge you 40$ a day for your time in jail.

  • Koolaid September 3, 2014 at 7:08 am

    It seems this poor, outstanding model citizen had a temporary lapse in judgement, something that some prayer, tithing and a good mission can help him stay worthy.

  • EL JEFE September 3, 2014 at 9:16 am

    Hey…I saw this guy last weekend in North Las Vegas on a street corner waving a sign that said “the end is near”. So I bought him a cheeseburger and a cup of coffee.

  • What If September 4, 2014 at 1:13 pm

    Looks like the type you’d expect to find hanging out around the Bundy ranch.

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