A 30-year-old Oregon man who said he was on his way to Washington DC to kill President Donald Trump has been arrested by federal authorities in Minnesota.
Nicholas Daniel Bylotas was arrested Tuesday in Minnesota and federal authorities believe he was headed to the White House after telling a U.S. Secret Service agent by cellphone that he was going “directly to see the president,’’ according to a report on the arrest.
Bylotas, who had been fired from Intel after sending threatening emails to the company’s chief executive officer and the pope, is now accused of posting a series of threats to kill President Trump.
According to the federal complaint, Bylotas began making a series of threatening Facebook posts in January that included phrases like “KABOOM!!! White House off the face of the earth,” and “President Donald J Trump… I declare war on you and your corrupt, tyrannical regime. Surrender peacefully and agree to my conditions, or prepare for your doom.”
Last week, Bylotas posted on social media referencing Trump saying, “I am going to stomp your baby skull against the sidewalk,” the criminal affidavit states.
On Monday, April 24, Bylotas wrote on Facebook, “We have to kill Donald Trump because he is a known evil and is doing a job that is supposed to be for good people. The Law is supposed to stop that from happening. I am the Revolution. Execute the traitors.”
As the week went on, Bylotas posted photos on his social media from eastern Oregon, Washington state, Kansas and South Dakota, according to the posts and the affidavit.
On April 28, while travelling eastward by vehicle, Bylotas was taken into custody in Minnesota.
Bylotas reportedly first came under law enforcement scrutiny in late January when Intel Corp.’s director of corporate security notified the Washington County [Oregon] Sheriff’s Office that Bylotas, an Intel technician who had worked in Hillsboro, had been suspended for sending concerning emails to the chief executive of Intel and to the pope.
Bylotas was subsequently placed on a mental health hold in late January by a local detective with the Washington County Sheriff’s Office but was discharged in “improved condition” on Feb. 12.
Bylotas is currently being held in Sherburne County Jail and made an initial court appearance in Minneapolis federal court on Wednesday. He is scheduled to appear at a detention hearing in Minneapolis on Friday.
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