FBI Arrests Man for Sending Seizure-inducing Tweet to Epileptic Trump Critic

Kurt Eichenwald, a Newsweek reporter, was sent a strobe image intended to trigger a seizure along with the message 'You deserve a seizure for your posts.'

Tucker Carlson interviews Newsweek's Kurt Eichenwald
Tucker Carlson interviews Newsweek's Kurt Eichenwald on Fox News, December 15, 2016. Screen grab/Fox News

A Maryland man has been arrested on a federal cyberstalking charge of sending a Dallas-based magazine reporter an image on Twitter intended to trigger an epileptic seizure.

Federal officials say twenty-nine-year-old John Rayne Rivello, of Salisbury was arrested in Maryland on Friday on a criminal complaint filed in Dallas.

The complaint was filed in December by Kurt Eichenwald, a Newsweek reporter who has epilepsy and was sent a strobe image to his Twitter account on December 15 intended to trigger a seizure. Included with the image was the message: "You deserve a seizure for your posts."

The image was apparently sent in response to Eichenwald's outspoken criticism of then-U.S. President-elect Donald Trump.

Eichenwald thanked federal and Dallas law enforcement for the break in the case.