'We are the ones your children have nightmares about': A Maryland man has been charged with threatening to kidnap and kill Joe Biden and Kamala Harris

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  • A Maryland man has been arrested and charged with threatening to kidnap Joe Biden, the Democratic presidential nominee, and his running mate, California Sen. Kamala Harris, law-enforcement officials said on Wednesday.

  • On October 4, James Dale Reed left a threatening note on the doorstep of a home with Biden/Harris campaign signs in the front yard, a criminal complaint said.

  • "This is a warning to anyone reading this letter if you are a Biden/Harris supporter you will be targeted," said the note, a picture of which was included in an affidavit. It added: "We are the ones with those scary guns, we are the ones your children have nightmares about."

  • If convicted, Reed could face up to five years in federal prison.

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A Maryland man has been arrested and charged with threatening to kidnap and kill Joe Biden, the Democratic presidential nominee, and his running mate, California Sen. Kamala Harris, law-enforcement officials announced on Wednesday.

At about 4:30 a.m. on October 4, James Dale Reed, a 42-year-old resident of Frederick, left a threatening handwritten note on the doorstep of a house with Biden/Harris campaign signs in the front yard, an affidavit by a Secret Service agent filed in federal court said.

The resident's security camera captured footage from the front of the house, enabling authorities to investigate and make an arrest, the affidavit said.

The affidavit did not say the man had made concrete plans to carry out the acts, but it included a picture of the note with violent language.

"This is a warning to anyone reading this letter if you are a Biden/Harris supporter you will be targeted," the note read in part. "We have a list of homes and addresses by your election signs. We are the ones with those scary guns, we are the ones your children have nightmares about."

The rest of the letter contained threats of murder, rape, and resistance to any infringement on the right to bear arms.

The affidavit said that when federal authorities interviewed Reed on October 13, he denied any involvement in the incident. On October 15, he "explained his involvement" to the authorities and was arrested, it said.

"The right to vote and peacefully support the candidate of your choice are bedrocks of our democracy," US Attorney Robert K. Hur said in a statement. "Conduct like this that threatens major candidates and fellow citizens only undermines our democracy and the principles upon which America was founded. We will not tolerate threatening conduct that seeks to intimidate, harass or dissuade Americans from exercising their right to vote."

The charge came weeks before an election that has been roiled by heightened concerns about voter intimidation and violence from fringe groups. The FBI earlier this month said it foiled a plot by a far-right organization to kidnap Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer over coronavirus restrictions in the state.

If convicted, Reed could face up to five years in federal prison.

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