U.S. Secret Service agents have charged James Dale Reed, age 42, of Frederick, Maryland with threatening a presidential candidate, expressing he wrote a letter in which he warns of beating “Grandpa Biden,” raping Sen. Kamala Harris, and targeting supporters of the Democrats.
James Dale Reed, age 42, of Frederick, Maryland, is alleged to have threatened the two Democrat candidates for President and Vice President, Joe Biden, and Kamala Harris in a letter he left on a doorstep of a neighbor according to a Federal complaint, The New York Times reported.
“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 Boogeymen coming in the night,” Reed, allegedly wrote.
The federal charge was announced by United States Attorney for the District of Maryland Robert K. Hur and Special Agent in Charge Bo Keane of the United States Secret Service – Baltimore Field Office, CBS 13 Baltimore reported.
United States Attorney for the District of Maryland Robert K. Hur stated, “We take these types of threats extremely seriously. Such threats to commit violence are illegal and have no place in our democracy, and we will hold accountable those who make them. We are grateful for the assistance of the City of Frederick Police Department and to citizens who provided tips that ultimately led to Mr. Reed’s arrest and these federal charges.”
According to the affidavit filed in support of the criminal complaint, on October 4, 2020, a letter threatening candidates for President and Vice President—specifically, former Vice President Joe Biden and Senator Kamala Harris—was left on the doorstep of a resident in Frederick in the early hours of the morning. The silouethe of the subject delivering the letter was captured by a Ring door camera. The resident did not know the suspect but had several signs in the yard supporting the candidates threatened in the letter. The letter, which is included in full in the attached Complaint, contains the following passage:
“This is a warning to anyone reading this letter if you are a Biden/Harris supporter you will be targeted. 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…When We capture Grandpa Biden We will all severely beat him to the point of death as for Mrs. Harris she will be bent over and Anally raped by my rifle barrel. Then for the Grand end the [sic] both will be executed on National Television.”
“The right to vote and peacefully support the candidate of your choice are bedrocks of our democracy,” said U.S. Attorney Hur. “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.”
Investigators quickly worked to identify Reed after he was caught on the door camera’s Ring video. They also said they had received a citizen tip that focused on Reed. An individual familiar with Reed viewed the door camera footage and confirmed that the person on the surveillance tape was Reed. The video showed, a man who appeared to be a white male wearing a beanie hat, gloves, and a military-like windbreaker according to the criminal complaint.
On October 13th, 2020, Reed was interviewed at his residence and denied leaving a threatening letter or being the individual in the door camera video that was shown to him. Two days later, Reed admitted writing and delivering the letter and was arrested and charged.
If convicted, Reed faces a maximum sentence of five years in federal prison for threats against a government official. Reed has been denied bail and ruled to be a “dangerous individual” to society.
The report comes as Americans have lamented a more and more polarized political atmosphere as voters prepare for the 2020 presidential election on November 3rd. In fact, The Independent reported that three-quarters of Americans have expressed fears about violent post-election riots and protests. Anewspost previously reported another threat against a government official, this time by militia members who are accused of domestic terrorism and attempted kidnapping of Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer, in an effort to ferment civil war. The two events are not known to be connected in any way shape or form.