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Elderly Pasadena Man Arrested For Making Death Threats When His Power Was Out For 6 Days

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A Pasadena man who has dabbled in local politics was arrested Tuesday afternoon for making death threats to people handling a city hotline after he spent six days without power following last week's windstorm.

73-year-old Geoffrey Commons took his show on the road, and showed up at the Pasadena City Manager's office, and "caused a disturbance," according to L.A. Now. He was subsequently arrested--something Commons admits in an interview with KTLA he did not think was going to happen.

Commons is familiar with the law, power companies, and city politics: He "is an attorney and former member of the California Energy Commission. In 1993, he ran unsuccessfully for a seat on the Pasadena Board of Education."

He explains that "he never made mention of guns or shooting anyone," according to KTLA. Commons describes what happened over the phone: "I threatened to get the girl on the phone for her job and she got angry at me. I don't own a gun, don't know how to shoot a gun, I've never had a gun in my life."

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Commons said he was frustrated that no one seemed to "give a damn" that so many people were without power for so long.

By late Tuesday, Commons had already posted bond and was released from jail.