Maryland man arrested after threatening to kidnap, kill Joe Biden and Kamala Harris

Josh Peter, USA TODAY
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A Maryland man charged with threatening to kidnap and kill Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden and his running mate Kamala Harris has been arrested, according to published reports citing law enforcement officials.

The man, identified as James Dale Reed, detailed graphic threats against Biden and Harris in a handwritten letter that, in part, stated "when we capture Grandpa Biden, we will all severely beat him to the point of death…and both (Biden and Harris) will be executed on National Television," according to a criminal complaint filed with the United States District Court in Maryland.

Reed, 42, left the letter on the doorstep of a resident in Frederick, Md., on or about Oct. 4, who had several Biden/Harris signs were in the yard, according to the complaint.

The likeness of Reed was captured by a doorbell ring device, according to the complaint filed by a special agent for the Secret Service. But the resident did not recognize Reed.

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The subject on the video appeared to be a white male wearing a beanie hat, gloves and a militiary-like windbreaker and authorities later identified the man as Dale, the criminal complaint said.

Reed was arrested Friday, according to reports.

He was known to law enforcement for making a complaint against a person under Secret Service protection in 2014, according to the complaint.

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