New York Man Arrested for Death Threats Against Rep. Ilhan Omar

Rep. Ilhan Omar, D-Minn. (Photo: Susan Walsh, AP)
Rep. Ilhan Omar, D-Minn. (Photo: Susan Walsh, AP)

A New York man is in custody after federal authorities allege he made death threats against Rep. Ilhan Omar, D-Minn.

Patrick W. Carlineo, 55, of Addison, was arrested Friday morning and charged by criminal complaint with threatening to assault and murder a United States official.

Carlineo threatened to kill Omar, a Democrat, according to Assistant U.S. Attorney Brett A. Harvey, who is prosecuting the case.

On March 21, a staff member in Omar’s office received a phone call around 12:20 p.m., the criminal complaint stated.

During the call, an individual, eventually identified as Carlineo, allegedly stated to the staff member, “Do you work for the Muslim Brotherhood? Why are you working for her, she’s an (expletive) terrorist. I’ll put a bullet in her (expletive) skull.”

After receiving the call, Omar’s office referred the threat to the United States Capitol Police, which began an investigation in coordination with the FBI.

Omar is a freshman representative who was elected to the House of Representatives in the 2018 midterm election and one of three members of Congress who are Muslim.

Omar faced backlash in recent months for tweets and comments she made that critics say played into enduring anti-Semitic stereotypes.

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SOURCE: Jeff Murray, Elmira Star-Gazette