Man charged for threatening Sen. Mark Warner

Man charged for threatening Sen. Mark Warner
Anthony Butkiewicz, III (Source: WAVY)

NORFOLK, VA (WWBT) - A Virginia Beach man is in custody after threatening to shoot and punch Virginia Senator Mark Warner.

Anthony Butkiewicz III was indicted by a federal grand jury on one count of threatening to assault Warner with intent to impede, intimidate and interfere with his official duties as a United States senator.

According to court documents, Butkiewicz left several threatening voicemails at Warner’s Richmond office.

“He made the threats based on his disagreement with Senator Warner’s policies, including on funding for the military, U.S. involvement in overseas conflicts, the southern border, and abortion,” court documents read.

Butkiewicz even mentioned D.C. Sniper Lee Boyd Malvo in one of his voicemails left for the senator.

“Only thing I can say is that like Malvo is back my friend and we have a bullet for inside your ear from the state of people in Virginia,” documents say Butkiewicz said in a voicemail.

The voicemails Butkiewicz left also caused Warner’s staff to call police twice after fearing for their safety.

Butkiewicz was arrested by FBI agents and Capitol Police at a hotel in Virginia Beach on Feb. 21.

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