A Houston man accused of threatening to assault and kill Congresswoman Maxine Waters was on April 13 arrested and charged in reference to the incidents. In line with Click2Houston, court docket paperwork acknowledged that 60-year-old Brian Michael Gaherty referred to as the Black congresswoman’s California workplace to depart a number of threatening messages.
He’s additionally accused of calling Waters’ workplace in 2022 and threatening to assault her as he spoke with considered one of her employees members. In one of many voice notes that he left, Gaherty allegedly threatened to “lower” Waters’ “black (expletive) throat.”
Court docket paperwork additionally acknowledged that Gaherty referred to as Waters’ workplace on November 16, 2022, and advised a employees member: “Inform Congresswoman Maxine Waters once I see her on the road I’m going to bust her upside her head.”
The district director of Waters’ workplace notified the U.S. Capitol Police concerning the threatening name the subsequent day and likewise gave them the recordings of the threatening voicemails he had left.
Brokers with the USCP managed to trace Gaherty down with help from T-Cellular, and had been additionally in a position to set up Gaherty was utilizing a TraceFone to make the threatening calls. The system in query is a pay as you go, no-contract telephone.
Throughout questioning after the FBI tracked him right down to his Houston residence, court docket paperwork acknowledged that Gaherty confirmed the brokers a bag containing cell telephones and claimed they “didn’t work”, per Click2Houston. It was additionally established a serial quantity for a TraceFone receipt that he confirmed to the brokers matched one of many telephones that had been used to contact Waters’ workplace.
It was additionally established the Black congresswoman wasn’t the one particular person receiving threatening messages from Gaherty as investigations revealed he “has a historical past of sending racist, violent threats to different congresswomen.”
Court docket paperwork acknowledged that one other congresswoman acquired 10 threatening voicemails from Gaherty from September 2022 to February 2023. The accused man has been charged with transmission of a risk to injure the particular person of one other interstate commerce. The bond for Gaherty after his arrest was set at $100,000, however court docket paperwork reportedly confirmed he posted the bond.