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New York man accused of threatening Rep. Ilhan Omar remains behind bars

USA TODAY logo USA TODAY 4/18/2019 Steve Orr
Ilhan Omar smiling for the camera: In this March 6 file photo, Rep. Ilhan Omar, D-Minn., sits with fellow Democrats on the House Education and Labor Committee during a bill markup, on Capitol Hill in Washington. © Provided by USA TODAY, a division of Gannett Satellite Information Network, Inc. In this March 6 file photo, Rep. Ilhan Omar, D-Minn., sits with fellow Democrats on the House Education and Labor Committee during a bill markup, on Capitol Hill in Washington.

ROCHESTER, N.Y. – A New York man – who allegedly threatened to kill Rep. Ilhan Omar – and another man caught up in online discussions about murdering Muslim-Americans both remained behind bars Wednesday.

Patrick W. Carlineo Jr., 55, of Rathbone was charged on April 4 with threatening to shoot the Minnesota Democrat, who is Muslim, in an angry telephone call to her Washington, D.C., office on March 21.

Thomas Alonzo Bolin, 22, of Greece was charged on April 3 with lying to FBI agents who were investigating a Facebook conversation in which Bolin and at least one other man allegedly discussed committing mass murder of Muslim-Americans in Baltimore.

Both Carlineo and Bolin have been jailed since their arrests.

Bolin had been scheduled for a detention hearing Wednesday morning in U.S. District Court in Rochester at which his lawyer could have argued for his release pending a resolution of the charge.

a close up of a mans face: Thomas Alonzo Bolin © Provided photo Thomas Alonzo Bolin

Carlineo had been scheduled for a detention hearing Tuesday afternoon.

However, Carlinio's hearing was adjourned until Monday and Bolin's until Wednesday, according to Sonya Zoghlin, the assistant federal public defender who represents both men.

Bolin was accused in an FBI agent's affidavit of praising the mass murder of Muslims in Christchurch, New Zealand, and talking to a man identified as his cousin, Austin Witkowski, about replicating the act in Baltimore. 

Bolin expressed support for white supremacist groups and ideology in Facebook posts, according to the affidavit.

No attack on Muslims is known to have resulted from his Facebook discussion. Bolin was arrested after telling FBI agents he did not possess any firearms, when in fact agents found a loaded shotgun in the closet of the room he rented in a Greece home.

Carlineo's case drew attention because it was one of a series of threats received by Omar. The first-term House member has drawn criticism for public comments about Israel and the 9/11 hijackers that some found offensive, and she has become a lightning rod for anti-Muslim sentiment.

She said Sunday that the number of death threats against her has escalated since President Donald Trump tweeted an attack on her.

The tweet came after Carlineo's arrest. But the Steuben County man told an FBI agent during an interview in his home that "he was a patriot, that he loves the President, and that he hates radical Muslims in our government," according to an agent's affidavit.

This article originally appeared on Rochester Democrat and Chronicle: New York man accused of threatening Rep. Ilhan Omar remains behind bars

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