A man accused of threatening to behead freshman Rep. Tulsi Gabbard, D-Hawaii, was arrested Wednesday by Mexican and California police in Tijuana, say the FBI and Capitol Police.
Aniruddha Sherbow was set to make his initial appearance in federal court Thursday in San Diego, where more details of his alleged crime are expected to be unveiled. According to media outlets in Hawaii, Sherbow sent an e-mail to the FBI threatening to decapitate Gabbard.
“I, Aniruddha Sherbow, with the Divine as my witness, do hereby solemnly vow to find Tulsi Gabbard, wheresoever she may be, and to sever her head from her body,” he reportedly wrote.
According to an account of the man this week in the Hawaii Reporter, Gabbard had previously obtained a three-year restraining order against Sherbow in 2011, when she was serving on the Honolulu City Council, after she told the media he threatened and harassed her.
The alleged threats that led to his arrest this week occurred on Aug. 1 and Aug. 3 and have been “deemed credible,” according to federal authorities.
Gabbard’s office declined comment, other than to relay that “the congresswoman is grateful for the work of the U.S. Capitol Police, FBI, and all law enforcement officers involved in this investigation.”
Sherbow was arrested in Tijuana by the Policia Estatal Preventiva and the Baja, Calif., State Police Fugitive Unit. The apprehension was based on a federal arrest warrant issued in U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia. He was turned over to FBI agents later Wednesday.
Following his hearing Thursday, officials say he is expected then to be returned to Washington to face continued court action.
Along with the police involved with the arrest in Mexico, Capitol Police Chief Kim Dine and FBI Washington Field Office Assistant Director in Charge Valerie Parlave praised Capitol Police and Washington-based FBI investigators for their work on the matter.
The case also involved collaborative work from investigators from U.S. Customs and Border Protection, the U.S. Marshals Service, the U.S. Attorney’s office in D.C., and the San Diego and Honolulu Divisions of the FBI.
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