An Alaska suspect was arrested this week after allegedly threatening to “hunt down” and kill a U.S. senator, officials said.
Arthur Graham, 46, of Kenai, was arrested Monday after allegedly sending a graphic message to an unnamed U.S. senator on Sept. 28 threatening to kill him and wear his skin “as clothing,” the statement said. , said U.S. Attorney S. Guam. Lane Tucker of the Alaska District said.
In the threatening messages, Graham explained that he was facing eviction and had nowhere else to go. He also reportedly said he was formerly homeless. According to court documents, Graham identified himself on the threat and signed it with his name, phone number and address.
“I’m in the dark here. Until I get new information.” [United States Senator 1], my plan is to hunt you down, cut the flesh from your body, and wear your skin like clothing. I live in you. According to court documents, she may do so because she has nowhere else to live,” Graham said.
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According to the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the District of Alaska, the senator’s staff received a message sent via the senator’s website and reported the threat to U.S. Capitol Police, who began an investigation.
U.S. Capitol Police and FBI special agents then visited Graham’s home on October 30th. At the time, Graham reportedly confessed to sending the messages and told officers he knew what he was doing was against the law.
Law enforcement has not identified the U.S. senator, but the complaint uses the word “she.” Sen. Lisa Murkowski is Alaska’s only female senator, but the complaint does not specify whether the threatened senator is from Alaska or another state.
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Graham was then taken into custody.
He was charged with using interstate communications to kidnap and threaten to injure. If convicted, he faces up to five years in prison.
The U.S. Capitol Police is investigating this incident with assistance from the FBI’s Anchorage Field Office, the Kenai Police Department, and the Alaska State Police. Assistant U.S. Attorney Karen Vandergaard of the District of Alaska is prosecuting the case.
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Mr. Graham is scheduled to appear before a U.S. magistrate judge on November 3.
The incident occurred two days after authorities arrested another man for threatening to kill Sen. Jacky Rosen (D-Nev.).
Fox News’ David Spunt contributed to this report.