Secret Service charges Maryland man for threatening to kidnap and kill Biden, Harris: Baltimore Sun
Secret Service agents have charged a Maryland man for threatening in a letter to kidnap and kill Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden and rape his running mate, Sen. Kamala Harris (D-Calif.), The Baltimore Sun has reported. Additionally, he supposedly targeted Democratic supporters, the Secret Service said.
The federal criminal complaint states that: “The defendant, James Dale Reed, knowingly and willfully threatened to kill and to kidnap and to inflict bodily harm upon Joseph Biden and Kamala Harris, who are major candidates for the office of the President and Vice President of the United States.”
The 42-year-old Reed, who describes himself as a semi-pro bodybuilder, wrote a violent, graphic letter in which he allegedly said: “We have a list of homes and addresses by your election signs. We are the ones with those scary guns, We are the ones your children have nightmares about. The Boogeymen coming in the night.”
When confronted by the Secret Service, Reed confessed to penning the letter, claiming he wrote it because he was upset with the current political situation.
Home security cameras caught Reed dropping off the letter on the front steps of someone’s house in the town of Frederick and was arrested last week, according to the Secret Service. Reed, who claims he didn’t know whose house it was, apparently delivered it to that particular house because it was the first one he encountered with Biden-Harris yard signs.
Currently, Reed is being held in jail without bail.
Court records indicate that Reed once threatened someone with Secret Service protection back in 2014 and was on the service’s radar.
According to The Sun, on an apparent Facebook page of his, he posted: “I just got my house raided today and my stuff stolen from me because they felt that I was a threat to societee and I have made no threat to societee but they came into my house sees my property and stole everything.”
Additionally, he supposedly referred to the Frederick Police as “bunch of thugs and gang members” on the same Facebook page.
In the lead-up to the 2020 presidential election, politically motivated violence from both extremes has risen dramatically. In fact, one-in-three Americans “believe that violence could be justified to advance their parties’ political goals,” according to an October study by Politico, “a substantial increase over the last three years.”
In anticipation of violence on Election Day and Night, police department across multiple American cities are even taking precautionary measures to bring potential civil unrest under control. The NYPD, for example, will dispatch officers to monitor 1,201 polling sites across the city on November 3.
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