Man Arrested After Allegedly Threatening Life of Presidential Candidate

Man Arrested After Allegedly Threatening Life of Presidential Candidate

( – Police arrested a man in New Hampshire after he allegedly responded to political text messages and threatened to kill Republican presidential candidate Vivek Ramaswamy and campaign event attendees. One meeting the individual reportedly threatened to crash, a town hall breakfast with Ramaswamy, went ahead as planned, albeit with boosted security.

Tyler Anderson, 30, a resident of Dover, New Hampshire, allegedly replied to text messages with threats not only to kill Ramaswamy, but to murder and defile anyone who attended the events they advertised. He reportedly sent two of those responses to texts sent on Friday, December 8, which had gone out to inform voters about the breakfast. It took place the following Monday in Portsmouth, which is a little over 12 miles away from Dover.

In an affidavit, FBI Adam Howe said Anderson allegedly admitted in an interview following his arrest that he sent the threatening messages. The suspect also reportedly admitted to sending similar texts to several other campaigns. Howe detailed the electronic evidence investigators found on the suspect’s phone, which officers obtained via a search warrant they executed during the man’s arrest.

The Department of Justice (DOJ) recently shared a press release, stating that Anderson faced charges of transmitting a threat in interstate commerce to injure the person of another. He made his first court appearance on Monday, December 11, at 2:30 p.m. local time. Anderson could serve up to five years in prison, along with up to three years of supervised release and a fine up to $250,000, if the court finds him guilty.

Neither Howe’s affidavit nor the DOJ’s press release list specific candidates or events, but Ramaswamy’s campaign confirmed he was one of the threatened targets in a recent statement. Ramaswamy’s campaign thanked New Hampshire law enforcement for their quick and effective efforts.

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