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Capitol Police Start Probe Into Twitter Threats to Cruz

Saturday, 19 Oct 2013 05:23 PM

By Sandy Fitzgerald

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Authorities are investigating threats made over Twitter against Texas Republican Sen. Ted Cruz over his push to defund Obamacare.

The online threats started Friday on the account of a person identifying himself as Troy Gilmore Jr., who uses the Twitter handle @ArmyVet54, reports The Hill. His tweets urged people to "Take down Ted Cruz, at his home," while other tweets made several times over the past month listed Cruz' home address in Houston.

Also on Friday, @ArmyVet54 posted another threat, saying the Senator "needs tobe [sic] taught a street wise [sic] lesson."

His page was later taken down, however the same tweets started appearing on another site under the name @KingKong3259.

The account's profile described himself as having served in both the Army and Navy.

Cruz spokesman Sean Rushton refused comment, beyond saying that the proper authorities have been notified.

Cruz isn't the only target of @ArmyVet54's ire. He appears to be angry at several Republicans, mentioning former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin, Minnesota Rep. Michele Bachman, New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie and others in a series of often-profane tweets sent out to his 30-or-so followers.

Washington's Capitol Police takes all threats to Congressmen seriously, and Officer Shennel Antrobus, a spokesman for the Capitol Police told CNN an investigation is underway.

Threats to public officials can result in time behind bars. For example, 22-year-old Donte Jamar Sims of North Carolina got a six-month sentence for threatening through Twitter to kill President Barack Obama during the 2012 Democratic National Convention. And in June, Jarvis Britton, 26, of Alabama, was sentenced to a year behind bars for tweeting threats against Obama.

Saturday morning, @ArmyVet54 denied threatening Cruz or anyone else. The tweet later reappeared under the name @KingKong3259



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