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New York man charged with threatening to kill Donald Trump


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FILE PHOTO: Former President Donald Trump speaks to his supporters in the course of the Save America Rally on the Sarasota Fairgrounds in Sarasota, Florida, U.S. July 3, 2021. REUTERS/Octavio Jones/File Photograph

NEW YORK — The US Secret Service arrested a 72-year-old man in New York on Monday after he allegedly phoned them threatening to kill ex-president Donald Trump, a felony indictment confirmed.

Prosecutors in Brooklyn say Thomas Welnicki “knowingly and willfully threatened to kill, kidnap, and inflict bodily hurt upon” the previous US president.

It alleges that Melnick informed US Capitol Police throughout an interview in July 2020 that if Trump “loses the 2020 election and refused to step down” he would “purchase weapons and take him down.”

Trump is known as “Particular person-1” within the indictment.

Melnick can also be accused of getting left two voice mail messages with the Secret Service’s workplace in Lengthy Island, New York in January final 12 months by which he “threatened to kill” Trump in addition to 12 unnamed members of Congress.

“Oh yeah that’s a risk, come and arrest me. I’ll do something I can to take out [Individual-1] and his 12 monkeys,” Melnick, who lives in Queens, is alleged to have stated.

Melnick can also be accused of getting referred to as the Secret Service’s desk in New York Metropolis final November 3 times from his cellular phone, introducing himself by identify every time.

“He repeatedly referred to Particular person-1 as ‘Hitler’ and acknowledged, ‘I’ll do every part I can to ensure [Individual-1] is lifeless,” reads the indictment.

In one other name final month he acknowledged that “the brand new Civil conflict might escape and taking over arms in opposition to the federal government is justified when ballots don’t matter.”

He added that he used to personal a .22 calibre firearm, in line with the indictment.

Melnick was arraigned on the costs in a Brooklyn federal court docket by way of videoconference later Monday and was to be launched on fee of a $50,000 bond.

As a part of his bail situations, he was ordered to nightly home arrest and to be fitted with a GPS monitoring machine. As well as, he was ordered to hunt assist for his psychological well being in addition to to hunt remedy for any habit to alcohol or medication, stated a spokesperson for the prosecutor’s workplace.

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