Kasilof man arrested in connection to alleged death threats

Tarbell began in August making threats to individuals in Vermont and others states, according to an FBI affidavit.

A Kasilof man was arrested by FBI agents last week in connection to threats the man allegedly sent to people in Vermont.

Benjamin Clifford Tarbell was arrested Sept. 10, according to the case docket, and faces six counts of threatening interstate communications.

Tarbell moved to Alaska around April of 2021 from Vermont, according to an FBI special agent affidavit.

A resident of Kasilof, Tarbell began in August making threats to individuals in Vermont and others states, according to the FBI affidavit. The threats, made via text and Instagram messages, “escalated in violent tone,” the affidavit said.

Six threats made between Aug. 4 and Sept. 3 are described in the affidavit, including a September call from Tarbell to the Massachusetts State Police in which he allegedly threatened to bomb the agency.

The affidavit includes screenshots that appear to show Tarbell threatening to kill multiple people and some of their family members and show Tarbell saying he would be going to Burlington, Vermont. Flight records show Tarbell was confirmed to fly to Burlington on Sept. 11 from Kenai Municipal Airport, with stops in Ted Stevens Anchorage International Airport and Dallas/Fort Worth International Airport.

“Clear out of there before the 11th do you understand,” Tarbell sent in one message, according to screenshots supplied in the affidavit.

Four out of five witnesses identified in the affidavit said they believed Tarbell would follow through with his threats.

An order of detention pending hearing or trial was signed on Sept. 15, according to the case docket. A preliminary hearing is set for Sept. 29 at 2 p.m. in Anchorage Courtroom 5, according to the docket.

Reach reporter Ashlyn O’Hara at

More in News

Photo provided by United States Department of Agriculture Rural Development
Chugachmiut Board Vice Chair Larry Evanoff from Chenega, Chair Fran Norman from Port Graham, and Director Arne Hatch from Qutekcak break ground for the Chugachmiut Regional Health Center in Seward, June 3. The occasion marked the start of construction of the $20 million facility. The 15,475-square-foot tribally owned and operated health clinic will serve as a regional hub providing medical, dental and behavioral health services for Alaskans in seven tribal communities.
Ground broken for new regional health center in Seward

The tribally owned and operated facility will serve as a regional hub providing medical, dental and behavioral health care

The Kasilof River is seen from the Kasilof River Recreation Area, July 30, 2019, in Kasilof, Alaska. (Photo by Erin Thompson/Peninsula Clarion)
Kasilof River personal use gillnet fishery closed

It’s the Kenai River optimal escapement goal, not a Kasilof River escapement goal, that is cited by the announcement as triggering the close

The Kenai Chamber of Commerce and Visitor Center is seen on Wednesday, May 5, 2021, in Kenai, Alaska. (Ashlyn O’Hara/Peninsula Clarion)
Kenai cuts ties with out-of-state marketing firm

Council members expressed skepticism about the firm’s performance

A firefighter from Cooper Landing Emergency Services refills a water tanker at the banks of the Kenai River in Cooper Landing, Alaska on Aug. 30, 2019. (Photo by Brian Mazurek/Peninsula Clarion)
Cooper Landing voters to consider emergency service area for region

The community is currently served by Cooper Landing Emergency Services

Hundreds gather for the first week of the Levitt AMP Soldotna Music Series on Wednesday, June 7, 2023, at Soldotna Creek Park in Soldotna, Alaska. (Jake Dye/Peninsula Clarion)
Soldotna music series kicks off with crowds, colors and sunshine

A color run took off ahead of performances by Blackwater Railroad Company and BenJammin The Jammin Band

Kenai Peninsula Borough School District Finance Director Liz Hayes, left, testifies before the Kenai Peninsula Borough Assembly during a budget work session on Tuesday, March 14, 2023, in Soldotna, Alaska. (Ashlyn O’Hara/Peninsula Clarion)
Assembly passes borough budget

The document fully funds borough schools and includes a decrease in property taxes

The George A. Navarre Kenai Peninsula Borough building. (Peninsula Clarion file photo)
Assembly shrinks borough planning commission

The planning commission is responsible for planning the “systemic development and betterment” of the borough

The Sterling Highway crosses the Kenai River near the Russian River Campground on March 15, 2020, near Cooper Landing, Alaska. (Jeff Helminiak/Peninsula Clarion)
Russian River Campground reopens for 2 summer months

Reservations for campsites can be made online

Kristin Lambert testifies in support of funding for the Soldotna Senior Center during an assembly meeting on Tuesday, June 6, 2023, in Soldotna, Alaska. (Ashlyn O’Hara/Peninsula Clarion)
After leadership change, borough funds Soldotna senior center

The Soldotna City Council in May voted to defund the center for the upcoming fiscal year

Most Read