U.S. Rep. Martha McSally has been dealing with a frightening stalker who has been leaving expletive-laced threats on her congressional office voicemail stating that she should “be careful” when she returns to Tucson and that her days “were numbered.” He even threatened to shoot her in one of the messages.
An FBI investigation has led to the arrest of Steve Martan, 58, a campus monitor at Miles Exploratory Learning Center in the Tucson Unified School District. According to a criminal complaint filed May 12 in U.S. District Court in Tucson, phone company records show that Martan owned the phone used to leave three threatening messages on McSally’s voicemail on May 2 and May 10. He also admitted to the crime.
Martan reportedly told agents that “he was venting frustrations with McSally’s congressional votes in support of the president of the United States.”
He was charged with “threatening to assault and murder a United States official with intent to impede the official’s duties and to retaliate against an official for the performance of the official’s duties,” according to the complaint.
Released on his own recognizance, Martan is basically on house-arrest, with the exception of going to work and attending a court-ordered mental health treatment program, according to court records.
McSally represents the same congressional district served by former U.S. Rep. Gabrielle Giffords, who was shot and wounded in an assassination attempt on Jan. 8, 2011 in which 6 people were killed.
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