(Nicholas Bukoski: Anne Arundel County Police Department)
Nicholas Bukoski, 19, threatened to murder Senators Bernie Sanders of Vermont and Kamala Harris of California. He also had plans to injure marchers at the March for Our Lives rally in Washington earlier this year.
The Maryland man faces five felony counts: two for the alleged threats against Mr. Sanders and Ms. Harris, and three that charge him with transmitting threats via interstate commerce.
Bukoski allegedly sent Instagram messages to the offices of Senators Sanders and Harris on March 24, the day of the gun control rally. He told police about his love for the current President and how he was 'frustrated with liberals.'
“Senator, I would watch your back as you’re out today,” read an Instagram message to Mr. Sanders’s office. “You wouldn’t want to be caught off guard when I use my second amendment protected firearm to rid the world of you, you stupid, crazy old fool.”
A text message was also sent to the Metropolitan Police Department’s text tip line.
“I am intending to send the message that gun control, bomb control, or any other kind of weapons control will not stop attacks, it is an issue of the heart. My heart is messed up and evil, and part of me wants to see people suffer, goddammit,” part of it read.
The police investigated where the text came from and found themselves at Bukoski's house where his Father let the police in.
Bukoski was put in handcuffs and taken to the Anne Arundel Medical Center for an emergency evaluation. His father gave the police two of Bukoski's journals, and granted consent to search his laptop, cellphone and the family's home.
Police found that Bukoski visited websites about murders, serial killers and murders of police officers.
Mr. Bukoski remains in federal custody awaiting further proceedings.