NORFOLK, Va. — A Virginia Beach man is charged with threatening to assault Sen. Mark Warner after he left several threatening voicemails, according to federal documents.
Anthony Butkiewicz III is accused of threatening to assault Warner, with intent to impede, intimidate, and interfere with the senator while he was on "official duties," according to a grand jury indictment.
He was arrested on Feb. 21 by FBI agents and Capitol Police in a Virginia Beach hotel room.
Prosecutors at Butkiewicz's detention hearing on Thursday said he first threatened to punch Warner in the face and demanded that he held a town hall meeting in Norfolk.
“I would personally like to stand face to face with you and I will punch you in the jaw! And you can lock me up and put me in jail, my friend! I ain’t got a problem with it,” Butkiewicz said according to court documents.
Butkiewicz also told Warner "we’ve got a bullet right for your ear!”
Prosecutors said the “we” in Butkiewicz's included "Lee Boyd Malvo, one of the DC snipers."
Butkiewicz intended to partner with a terrorist, according to court documents.
Butkiewicz made the threats because he disagreed with Warner’s policies, including on military funding, U.S. involvement in overseas conflicts, the southern border and abortion.
Butkiewicz has strong ties to Hampton Roads, his lawyers said.
His brother lives in the area and works for the same company he used to be employed. Butkiewicz’s father lives in Virginia Beach and his stepfather lives in Norfolk.
Prosecutors said Butkiewicz is a flight risk and for the past 15 years he has been under a restraining order prohibiting him from contacting his ex-girlfriend and mother of his child.
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