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California man arrested for allegedly threatening House Speaker Nancy Pelosi over healthcare reform [Updated]

April 7, 2010 |  1:33 pm

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi Credit: Alex Wong / Getty Images Law enforcement officials are telling the Associated Press that the FBI has arrested a Northern California man on suspicion of making threatening phone calls to House Speaker Nancy Pelosi over healthcare reform.

[Updated at 3:07 p.m.: Gregory Lee Giusti, 48, was arrested at his San Francisco home in the Tenderloin district shortly after noon, said Joseph Schadler, a spokesman for the FBI office in San Francisco.]

Rose Riggs, Giusti's neighbor in a public housing complex, said she saw two plainclothes and two uniformed officers take him away in cuffs. Riggs said Giusti was known for engaging in heated political debates with others in the building.

“He was not one of my favorite people. He had a real attitude problem,” she said.]

Charges against the alleged caller have not been disclosed.

Several federal officials say the man made dozens of calls to Pelosi's homes in California and Washington, D.C., and to her husband's business office. The suspect allegedly recited her home address and said that if she wanted to see it again, she should not support the healthcare overhaul bill that was recently signed.

-- Amanda Covarubbias

Photo: House Speaker Nancy Pelosi  Credit: Alex Wong / Getty Images