- Patrick Carlineo Jr. of western New York has been arrested and charged with threatening to kill US Representative Ilhan Omar of Minnesota in March
- Carlineo allegedly made the threat in a call to her Washington, DC office
- He identified himself by spelling his name and leaving contact information
- He told the FBI that he is a patriot, ‘loves the president and that he hates radical Muslims in our government,’ the criminal complaint read
- Carlineo’s defense attorney declined to comment on the charges on Friday
A western New York man has been charged with threatening to assault and murder US Representative Ilhan Omar of Minnesota.
Patrick Carlineo Jr., 55, was arrested after placing a threatening call to Omar’s office in Washington D.C. last month, Federal prosecutors announced on Friday.
Carlineo told the FBI that he is a patriot, ‘loves the president and that he hates radical Muslims in our government,’ the criminal complaint read.
Authorities did not say when Carlineo was arrested, but noted that he identified himself to a staffer while making the threat.
Omar is among the first of two Muslim women to serve in Congress.
Patrick Carlineo Jr. of western New York has been arrested and charged with threatening to kill US Representative Ilhan Omar (pictured) of Minnesota
The FBI said in a criminal complaint that Carlineo called Omar a ‘terrorist’ and threatened to shoot her during a phone call on March 21.
During the call in question, a voice can be heard saying, ‘Do you work for the Muslim Brotherhood? Why are you working for her, she’s a (expletive) terrorist. I’ll put a bullet in her (expletive) skull,’ the Department of Justice said in a press release.
The bureau said that Carlineo sounded angry during the call but ‘spelled his name correctly and provided contact information’ to a staffer.
Carlineo’s defense attorney declined to comment on the charges on Friday.
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Omar’s early weeks in office have been met with backlash for remarks she made about Israel, including comments that American supporters of Israel are pushing people to have ‘allegiance to a foreign country.’
Some people perceived Omar’s comments as anti-Semitic.
She later apologized, saying ‘anti-Semitism is real and I am grateful for Jewish allies and colleagues who are educating me on the painful history of anti-Semitic tropes.’
Omar, a Somali-American, has also been the subject of anti-Semitic and racist comments.
For his alleged threatening remarks against Omar, Carlineo made his first appearance on Friday afternoon before US Magistrate Judge Marian W. Payson.
If convicted of the charge against him, Carlineo faces a maximum penalty of 10 years in prison, a $250,000 fine, or both.
He is being held pending a detention hearing on April 10 that has been scheduled for at 10.30am.
Carlineo is accused of placing a threatening call to Omar’s office in Washington D.C. last month. The US Capitol building is shown in a file photo from June 5, 2003.