(GoRealNewsNow.com) – A 30-year-old man has been arrested for threatening to kill three GOP political candidates – including Vivek Ramaswamy and, reportedly, former New Jersey Governor Chris Christie.
Tyler Anderson from Dover, New Hampshire, has been arrested and faces additional charges in Concord.
Earlier this month, he was initially released from jail after being accused of sending text messages with death threats to a presidential candidate. He is now facing additional charges.
Anderson was indicted by a federal grand jury on Wednesday. The indictment includes three counts of sending threats across state lines.
Anderson is slated for arraignment on January 5, The Washington Times reports.
Anderson was taken into custody on December 9 and released on December 14 under several conditions.
Thus, he must avoid contacting any presidential candidate and their campaign teams.
Additionally, Anderson, who is undergoing mental health treatment, is required to adhere to his prescribed medication regimen.
The U.S. Attorney’s office has not disclosed the specific candidates targeted by Anderson.
However, during Anderson’s initial arrest, a spokesperson for Republican candidate Vivek Ramaswamy stated that the threatening texts were aimed at Ramaswamy’s campaign.
Court documents reveal that Anderson responded to a text from Ramaswamy’s campaign about a breakfast event in Portsmouth with messages threatening to shoot the candidate and kill everyone at the event, along with desecrating the corpses.
Anderson admitted to the FBI in an interview that he had sent similar threatening texts to “multiple other campaigns,” as stated in a court document.
The new charges allege that Anderson sent threatening texts to two other candidates before the messages directed at Ramaswamy on November 22 and December 6.
On November 22, a campaign received texts with threats to “impale” and “disembowel” a candidate. On December 6, another campaign was targeted with texts threatening to shoot the candidate and conduct a mass shooting.
A court document related to Anderson’s arrest included a screenshot of the December 6 texts, responding to an invitation to attend an event with a candidate “who isn’t afraid to tell it like it is.”
Republican Chris Christie uses this phrase in his “Tell it Like It Is Town Halls.” The Christie campaign thanked law enforcement for addressing these threats.
If convicted, each charge against Anderson carries a potential sentence of up to five years in prison, up to three years of supervised release, and a fine of up to $250,000.