Man Arrested After Allegedly Threatening To Behead Rep. Gabbard

Tulsi Gabbard, Representative, D-Hawaii, 2nd Congressional District
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Aug. 29, 2013, 9:36 a.m.

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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