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Trump supporter, 53, is charged after 'making threats to kill' Democrat senators and 'weak' Republicans if they vote against Brett Kavanaugh

Daily Mail logo Daily Mail 10/5/2018 Khaleda Rahman For Dailymail.com
a man smiling for the camera: James Royal Patrick Jr. (pictured) was arrested after he threatened to shoot senators who don't support Brett Kavanaugh for the Supreme Court, authorities said © Provided by Associated Newspapers Limited James Royal Patrick Jr. (pictured) was arrested after he threatened to shoot senators who don't support Brett Kavanaugh for the Supreme Court, authorities said

A man in Florida has been arrested after he threatened to shoot senators who don't support Brett Kavanaugh for the Supreme Court, authorities said.

James Royal Patrick Jr. was arrested at 4pm on Wednesday and charged with making written threats to kill or injure, Polk County Sheriff's Office said.

Investigators say they received an email tip at 11am that day about threatening posts Patrick, 53, made on this public Facebook page last month.

Authorities said that Patrick threatened to shoot members of Congress and their families depending on which way the confirmation vote went. 

He also made threats against any local and federal law enforcement officers that might respond to his home.

Besides threatening Democrats and 'weak Republicans' who might oppose Kavanaugh, Patrick also encouraged conservatives to break into liberals' homes and kill them in their sleep.

a man wearing a hat: Patrick (pictured) was arrested on Wednesday and charged with making written threats to kill or injure

Patrick (pictured) was arrested on Wednesday and charged with making written threats to kill or injure
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'Getting ready if Kav is not confirmed….whoever I think is to blame may God have mercy on their soul,' he said in one post on September 22.

'I expect to be confronted and I will be ready to kill and ready to die.'

'I can tell it seems I will be sacrificing my life for my country,' he said in another post on September 27.

'But I am ready and will know who needs to be killed after the vote to put Kavanaugh on the Supreme Court.

'I believe democrats need to be afraid to do what they are doing right now and weak republicans that do not vote for him need to pay with their lives.'

In another, he said: 'I can't do this by myself! Need more conservatives going into liberals' homes at night killing them in their sleep!'

a close up of a gun: Deputies say they found a rifle (pictured) during a search of Patrick's home in Winter Haven

Deputies say they found a rifle (pictured) during a search of Patrick's home in Winter Haven
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In other posts, he claimed he was selling his house and had made arrangements for his pets because 'I know I will not be coming home.'

'I am about to accept an offer on my house just to get more money to fund my plan to kill Democrat office holders and their families,' he wrote in one post. 

'It is all I think about night and day. I even wake up in the middle of the night, most nights, thinking about it. Ultimately I will be killed but hopefully I will have killed many many liberal [sic] elected in Washington.'

In another, he claimed: 'Just bought 12 boxes of hollow point 50 caliber bullets….have plenty of ammo for my sniper rifle and bought a suppressor.'

'Have made sure all my arrangements have been made and care for my dogs because I will not be coming home.

'Have made extra precautions and added more supplies in the tunnel under my house in case local or federal law enforcement tries to stop me.'

Authorities noted there are no tunnels under his house.

Patrick's Facebook page also contained photos of him, along with photos of guns and ammunition. He has also shared posts supportive of President Donald Trump.

a man wearing a suit and tie: Patrick made threats to Democrats and 'weak Republicans' who might oppose Brett Kavanaugh (pictured) being confirmed to the Supreme Court © Provided by Associated Newspapers Limited Patrick made threats to Democrats and 'weak Republicans' who might oppose Brett Kavanaugh (pictured) being confirmed to the Supreme Court Deputies say they found a rifle and handgun during a search of Patrick's home in Winter Haven as well as ammunition for both.

They also found numerous receipts from local gun shops and several used targets.

Patrick admitted to making the Facebook posts but denied plans to carry out the threats, investigators said.

He said he wanted to annoy liberals by making 'crazy statements' and because he didn't threaten anyone by name, he 'thought he could get away with it.'

Sheriff Grady Judd said: 'Within five hours of receiving an email tip about the posts, our detectives investigated it, obtained an arrest warrant and search warrant, and took the suspect into custody without incident.

'People need to calm down, and stop making threats of violence – we will not tolerate it.

'Anyone who threatens to kill a public officer or law enforcement officer will go to jail.'

Patrick was being held on $500,000 bail. Jail records didn't list an attorney who could comment.

 
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