Virginia man charged after threatening Sen. Mark Warner

A Virginia man was arrested last week for allegedly leaving Sen. Mark WarnerMark Robert WarnerSenate Democrats pump brakes on new stimulus checks Trump signs order targeting social media firms' legal protections On The Money: US tops 100,000 coronavirus deaths with no end in sight | How lawmaker ties helped shape Fed chairman's COVID-19 response | Tenants fear mass evictions MORE (D-Va.) threatening voicemails, including one threatening to "f---ing pop" the senator. 

Anthony Butkiewicz III was charged with a single count of threatening to assault a U.S. official, WTKR reported on Tuesday. 

The arrest stems from Butkiewicz allegedly leaving several threatening voicemails on the phone of Warner’s Richmond office.

“I would personally like to stand face to face with you and I will punch you in the jaw! And you can lock me up and put me in jail, my friend. I ain’t got a problem with it,” he reportedly said in the phone call.


An additional threat reportedly included Butkiewicz adding that “we’ve got a bullet right for your ear from the state of people in Virginia.”

Court documents obtained by the outlet indicate that by saying “we,” Butkiewicz was referring to Lee Boyd Malvo, one of two convicted murderers charged with the 2002 sniper shootings in Washington, D.C.

In other calls, Butkiewicz allegedly told Warner that he would “f---ing pop” him, while making shooting sounds.

Butkiewicz was arrested in Virginia Beach and was interviewed by U.S. Capitol Police, the news outlet reported.

A spokesperson in Warner’s office referred The Hill to U.S. Capitol Police, which declined to comment amid the ongoing investigation.