Police in Alaska say that a man threatened to teach “crackheads” how to make “electromagnetic distortion devices” unless the state paid him $85,000.

Stanislaus Grzeskowiak, of North Pole, is charged with felony extortion and threatening harm. He was in jail on Tuesday on $2,500 bail.

Sgt. Jess Carson says that the 36-year-old called state troopers Friday and said that he knew how to use discarded televisions to make devices that could block police radios, computer communication and cellphones.

He also threatened to cut the communications of oil companies and credit card companies if he didn’t get the money.

Police say that Grzeskowiak blames the state and companies for his financial situation, lack of education and marital problems.

Grzeskowiak is represented by the public defender’s office. Officials there didn’t respond to requests for comment.

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