Teenager Threatened to Murder Bernie Sanders as well as Kamala Harris, U.S. Says
A 19-year-old Maryland man has been indicted on charges in which he threatened to murder two high-profile liberal senators — Bernie Sanders of Vermont as well as Kamala Harris of California — as well as to injure marchers at a gun control rally in Washington earlier in which year.
The man, Nicholas Bukoski of Anne Arundel County, faces a few felony counts: two for the alleged threats against Mr. Sanders, an independent, as well as Ms. Harris, a Democrat; as well as three in which charge him with transmitting threats via interstate commerce.
from the indictment — which a federal grand jury returned on April 11 however was released only Wednesday — specifics were sparse. however a memorandum filed by a federal prosecutor on Wednesday, which requested in which the court order the pretrial detention of Mr. Bukoski, detailed the alleged threats.
Mr. Bukoski, who faces robbery charges in an earlier unrelated episode, is actually suspected of sending Instagram messages to the offices of Senators Sanders as well as Harris on March 24, the day of the March for Our Lives rally, immediately before texting the Metropolitan Police Department tip line in Washington.
“Senator, I would likely watch your back as you’re out today,” read an Instagram message to Mr. Sanders’s office. “You wouldn’t want to be caught off guard when I use my second amendment protected firearm to rid the earth of you, you stupid, crazy old fool.”
Two minutes later, according to the memorandum, an Instagram message was sent to Ms. Harris’s office. the item used a profane as well as sexist slur, then added, “I am going to make sure you as well as your radical lefty friends never get back in power you will never run for president, because you won’t make the item to see in which day.”
The third communication was a text message to the Police Department’s text tip line: “I am intending to send the message in which gun control, bomb control, or any different kind of weapons control will not stop attacks, the item is actually an issue of the heart.”
“My heart is actually messed up as well as evil, as well as part of me wants to see people suffer, goddammit,” the item read. “Anyway, not bad luck as well as Godspeed finding my presents. in which will be my only message.”
The police immediately began investigating who sent in which text, leading them in which day to Mr. Bukoski’s home, about 30 miles by Washington.
His father allowed police to enter, as well as the defendant, who appeared nervous, according to the memo, told the officers in which he had studied “police tactics” as well as asked if the “bomb squad was coming.”
At in which time, Mr. Bukoski was handcuffed as well as taken to the Anne Arundel Medical Center for emergency evaluation. The memo said in which while there, he admitted to sending the threats, among others, as well as stated in which “he was frustrated with liberals as well as very supportive of the current president.”
The defendant said he did not have access to a firearm because his “parents won’t purchase a firearm based on his history as well as the strict gun laws in Maryland,” as well as said in which he “probably won’t be able to get one,” the memo said.
“I don’t want to kill people unless I absolutely need to,” the defendant reportedly said.
Mr. Bukoski appeared from the United States District Court for the District of Columbia on Wednesday as well as will remain in federal custody pending further proceedings, said Bill Miller, a spokesman for the United States attorney’s office in Washington. Another court date had not been set, Mr. Miller said on Wednesday.
A call as well as email to Mr. Bukoski’s lawyer was not immediately returned on Wednesday. Attempts to reach his parents were unsuccessful.
Representatives for Mr. Sanders as well as Ms. Harris declined to comment on Wednesday.
On March 24, Mr. Bukoski’s father gave consent to the police to search the family’s home as well as the laptop as well as cellphone used by his son. He also gave the officers two journals written by his son.
Preliminary examination of the cellphone indicated in which in which day, the defendant had looked up how to contact Mr. Sanders as well as the Police Department tip line, as well as a Wikipedia page entitled “Threatening government officials of the United States.”
He had also visited websites about murders, serial killers as well as murders of police officers, the memo said.
On April 9, Mr. Bukoski was arrested on armed robbery charges in Anne Arundel County in connection which has a Jan. 11 knifepoint robbery at a 7-Eleven convenience store. He is actually scheduled for a jury trial in in which case on Sept. 6.
Alain Delaqueriere contributed research.