President Joe Biden has been the target of a number of online assassination threats from an Oklahoma man. John Ahrens of Tulsa, Oklahoma was arrested and charged on Monday with making threats against the President.
“John Ahrens allegedly sent a series of emails to Newson6 threatening to murder the President, members of Congress, and their families if he did not receive money,” Acting U.S. Attorney Clint Johnson said in a statement.
“Making online threats to murder public officials and their families has consequences. The arrest and filing of criminal charges is the first step in holding individuals accountable for their alleged actions,” he added.
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According to the statement, a May 10 message said, “Please go to my Facebook page and read what I sent to the men of the United States Congress. They have less than 48 hours to hand over my money or their children will start dying all over the country. I’m going to kill their children using the same law as the Government used to force our families on to the Trail of Tears.”
On June 17, Ahrens wrote, “You have until Monday morning 8:00 am sharp to hand a check over to the State of Oklahoma, the Muscogee Nation and my family in accordance with a signed agreement as set forth in the Treaty of 1866.”
The arrest took place on June 18.
According to the statement, “The U.S. Secret Service, FBI, and Oklahoma State Bureau of Investigation are the investigative agencies. Assistant U.S. Attorney Joel-lyn A. McCormick is prosecuting the case.”