(NationalUSNews.com) — Authorities recently arrested a New Hampshire man and charged him with threatening to kill multiple presidential candidates. Among the candidates Tyler Anderson allegedly threatened are Chris Christie, Vivek Ramaswamy, and others. Anderson’s latest encounter with law enforcement isn’t the first time authorities noticed Anderson for threatening a presidential candidate, as the New Hampshire resident appeared on authorities’ radars after sending threatening text messages to Vivek Ramaswamy’s presidential campaign in November.
Following Anderson’s messages to the presidential campaigns, a grand jury indicted the 30-year-old on three counts of transmitting a threat to interstate commerce. Although Chris Christie and Vivek Ramaswamy’s presidential campaigns confirmed Anderson targeted their candidates, other potential targets weren’t released to the public. Christie addressed the arrest, thanking authorities for detaining Anderson following his threatening messages.
Anderson’s threats immediately received attention from law enforcement due to the graphic nature of the text messages he sent to presidential campaigns. Among the threats shared by Anderson are threats to “impale” presidential candidates and a threat to “disembowel” a specific candidate. Prosecutors discussed Anderson’s messages, claiming that Anderson even threatened to commit a mass shooting in one of his messages sent on December 6th. Ramaswamy’s campaign announced it received similar messages, in which Anderson threatened to “kill everyone” who’d attend a campaign event.
Each of the three charges against Anderson has a maximum penalty of five years, meaning that if a jury convicts Anderson of the threatening texts, the 30-year-old New Hampshire resident may spend up to 15 years in prison. Prosecutors argued to keep Anderson in police custody until his trial, but the court released Anderson due to his acknowledgment of a lack of intent to act on his threats and his lack of a criminal record. Anderson also confessed to sending similar messages to multiple campaigns when questioned by the Federal Bureau of Investigation.
Following the messages, the FBI began investigating Anderson and eventually searched his home. Authorities found the phone Anderson used to send the threats, multiple firearms, and a folder of deleted text messages. Despite Anderson’s admission of not intending to commit any acts of violence, the 30-year-old will stand trial for his threats if he decides against taking a plea deal.
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