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An upstate New York man was arrested on Thursday and is accused of threatening Reps. Steve Scalise (R., La.) and Cathy McMorris Rodgers (R., Wash.) via voicemail.
“We are going to feed them lead. Make no mistake you will pay,” the voicemail said, according to authorities.
The suspect is Carlos Bayon of Grand Island, the Times-Picayune reports. He was charged with interstate communication of a threat for threatening both members of Congress. Both voicemails were recorded June 3.
Law enforcement officials didn’t confirm Scalise and Rodgers were the targets but Scalise spokeswoman Lauren Fine confirmed Scalise was one of the targets.
The article goes on to state the following:
The entire message Bayon sent to both members of Congress:
“Hey listen, this message is for you and the people that sent you there. You are taking ours, we are taking yours. Anytime, anywhere. We know where they are. We are not going to feed them sandwiches, we are going to feed them lead. Make no mistake you will pay. Ojo por ojo, diente por diente [Spanish for ‘an eye for an eye, a tooth for a tooth’]. That is our law and we are the majority. Have a good day.”
The U.S. Attorney’s Office in Buffalo provided more details in the following press briefing Thursday.
Police arrest 63 yr-old Carlos Bayon & charge him with leaving threatening voicemails for Scalise & Hse GOP Conf Chair McMorris Rodgers. Scalise spox: Scalise is grateful to law enforcement..He will never forget how their heroism saved his life & those of his colleagues last year
— Chad Pergram (@ChadPergram) August 2, 2018
U.S. Attorney James P. Kennedy, Jr. says Carlos Bayon, 63, of Grand Island, NY, arrested + charged w/ interstate communication of a threat; faces a max penalty of 5 years in prison, a $250,000 fine, or both. Bayon also allegedly threatened an unnamed Washington Member of Congress https://t.co/gAyhl5XP7d
— John R Parkinson (@jparkABC) August 2, 2018
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