COLUMBUS, GA – Special Agent in Charge (SAC) Brian Lamkin, FBI Atlanta, announces the arrest of John Vincent Rouse, age 61, of Houston, Texas, on Extortion/Interstate Threatening Telephone call charges.
Rouse was arrested on the evening of May 27, 2010, without incident, at his residence, 13848 Hollowgreen Drive, Houston, Texas. Rouse was arrested by FBI Special Agents and task force officers of the FBI-Houston Violent C
rimes Task Force. Rouse was arrested based upon a federal complaint and warrant filed in the Middle District of Georgia, Columbus, Georgia.
This warrant alleges that Rouse made an extortionate/threatening telephone call to American Family Life Assurance Company, (AFLAC) Columbus, Georgia, on May 24, 2010.
This document alleges that Rouse threatened AFLAC personnel with violence, including using a firearm and an explosive device if his claim was not resolved in a timely manner.
Rouse is scheduled to appear before a United States Magistrate in Houston, Texas at 2:00pm on Friday, May 28, 2010, for an initial appearance and bond hearing.
Upon a conviction of a violation of Title 18, section 875 (Extortion/Interstate Threatening Communications) the maximum sentence is 5 years imprisonment and a fine imposed by the United States District Judge.
This matter was jointly investigated by the Columbus, Georgia Police Department, FBI-Atlanta Division and FBI-Houston Division.
Rouse, like all persons arrested, should be considered innocent until such time as this matter receives its final adjudication.