A fugitive from Ohio is under arrest for making threatening comments against representative Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez through a Facebook post.
Alexandria, an Ohio representative, was threatened by Timothy Ireland Jr, a 41-year-old fugitive who is also facing charges for illegal possession of ammunition.
Timothy is from Toledo, and this is not the first time he has found himself on the wrong side of the law.
Besides "making an interstate threat," he also faces charges for being "a felon in possession of a firearm" and a third charge for being a "fugitive in possession of a firearm."
The man did not deny the charges that he threatened the female representative on Facebook. As a matter of fact, when the police asked him if he made the threats, he readily admitted to the offense and admitted that he was 'very proud' to have made the comments.
The Facebook post that had the police look for the man said: "She should be shot. Can't fire me. My employer would load the gun for me." He posted the comment on his wall.
About the firearms in his possession, Timothy said that the guns were always with him. He went on to claim that he used them for hunting and sports. To further validate his claims, he alleged that everyone knew of his firearm possession.
But his boldness does not help things considering that a fugitive from the law may not have such privileges. That is why he is also facing firearm possession charges while a felon and a fugitive from the law.
The police were tipped off about Ireland's threatening Facebook threats on July 23. The comment had a link to a story on Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez. This is according to a news report by the NY Post. Once the authorities realized the comments, they went on to arrest him on August 2.
Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez is a Bronx-Queens Democrat.
However, this is not the only thing that the accused was guilty of. There were two other outstanding warrants against him before he was taken in for making the death threats against the representative. He was particularly facing a 'felony failure' to appear in Sarasota County in Florida over a parole violation.
Also, there was a 'misdemeanor failure' for his lack of showing in a case in which he was accused of marijuana possession in Cook county in Georgia.
However, the arrest that had him end up in custody was the outstanding arrest warrant in Florida. This is according to news reports.
During a search, USCP agents and the Tobacco, Alcohol, Firearms and Explosives Bureau seized three rounds of .32 caliber ammunition and four rounds of .45 ammunition.
Commenting on the Facebook threats Timothy made, US Attorney Justin Herdman said that "there is absolutely no place in the marketplace of ideas for threats of violence against any person, especially those who are elected to represent the American people."
At no point should "disagreement on political issues lead to acts of violence," added the US Attorney. In case that happens, Herdman said that the prosecution would seek federal prison time.