Mayor Brandon Whipple of Wichita, Kansas, said he was often exposed to “stupid” threats, such as when someone said he wanted to attack on a Goodyear airship.
But these threats have undergone serious changes after someone reported to police on Friday that they received a text message threatening to kidnap and kill Democrat Whipple. The message was not sent directly to Mr. Whipple, but he told him that the detective had read them.
Whipple said on Saturday that the message included a “very descriptive action plan,” such as locating the mayor, ripping his throat, hanging it, and turning it into fertilizer.
Mr Whipple said the man sent the message to a third party, who later reported the message to the police. The message used the codename to explain the mayor, ask for his address, and mention opposition to Mask and the coronavirus mitigation policy.
The mayor pushed to pass the Maskman Date in Wichita in July.
“This isn’t a bit angry,” Whipple said. “This sounded like it was thought in a text message read by me.”
On Friday, Wichita police said in a news release that 59-year-old Meredith Doughty had been arrested on charges of criminal intimidation in connection with a threatening statement directed at Mr. Whipple.
According to police, the results of the investigation will be submitted to the Sedgwick County District Attorney’s Office.
Attempts to contact Mr. Doughty by phone and email on Sunday failed. It was unclear if Mr. Douty had a lawyer.
District attorney Mark Bennett said police would present their case to prosecutors “at the end of the investigation.” He expected this to happen this week.
Wichitaigle reported that Mr. Douty was a retired firefighter in the city of Wichita, once honored by the city council for saving the lives of the police officers shot.
Wichita police officer Charlie Davidson said on Sunday that he was unaware of other threats to elected officials.
This is the latest in a series of threats posed to government officials this month.
On October 8, the FBI said a Michigan rebel group had planned in detail to abduct Governor Governor Gretchen Whitmer. The FBI also said Thursday that another Democrat, Governor Ralph Northam of Virginia, was being targeted and discussed by the same group.
Whitmer has been the focus of anti-government anger at her efforts to mitigate the spread of the coronavirus.
In Wichita, Mr. Whipple upheld city-wide mask rules in July after members of Sedgwick County, empowered by law reforms, rolled back the missions imposed by the state. Anyway, the county authorities finally enacted their own mask rules.
At the city council meeting, more than 100 people opposed the rule. The mayor said people blamed him.
“I was the one who led it, and I was going to blame it,” he said.
Whipple said he was angry and frustrated by the threat, but said he wanted to return to his job as mayor.
“I want to do the right thing for the people of Wichita until I’m voted or they succeed in assassinating me,” he said.