(Matt Demlein, WRVA)​

Man Accused of Threatening Mark Warner

Allegedly angry at senator over abortion and border wall

February 27, 2019 - 1:03 pm

(RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — A Virginia man is accused of repeatedly threatening to punch and shoot U.S. Sen. Mark Warner over his views on abortion and the proposed border wall.

55-year-old Anthony Butkiewicz III is reportedly charged with threatening to assault a U.S. official, and was ordered held without bail Tuesday.

Assistant U.S. Attorney Bill Jackson says the charges stem from voicemails left at Warner's Richmond office in January and February. Butkiewicz was arrested Feb. 21 at a motel room from where agents also seized cocaine and marijuana. No weapons were found.

Butkiewicz told FBI agents and U.S. Capitol Police he made the calls. Jackson says Butkiewicz has also violated a long-term protective order filed by the mother of his children.

His public defender, Andrew Grindod, says his client is essentially harmless.