No matter how much a person dislikes or even hates a president or a sitting member of Congress, it’s absolutely never wise to act out in the form of verbal threats against them, as it typically results in a serious legal mess.
According to the Daily Caller, that’s exactly the situation that John Jacobs Ahrens, 58, of Tulsa, Oklahoma is experiencing at the moment, as he was charged after making threats against President Joe Biden’s life — along with a number of undisclosed members of Congress — in a series of emails sent to a local television station.
What’s going on?
Ahrens, obviously a disturbed individual, sent numerous emails to a local news outlet in which he threatened to murder the president and other members of Congress if he wasn’t paid a sum of money.
The situation was described as an “extortion” attempt, according to a Justice Department statement released by U.S. Attorney Clint Johnson.
“John Ahrens allegedly sent a series of emails to Newson6 threatening to murder the President, members of Congress, and their families if he did not receive money,” Johnson said in the statement.
“Making online threats to murder public officials and their families has consequences. The arrest and filing of criminal charges is the first step in holding individuals accountable for their alleged actions,” it continued.
Federal and state law enforcement officers arrested Ahrens at his Tulsa residence last week. During questioning, the man allegedly admitted to sending the disturbing emails in question.
What did the emails say?
Some of the content of Ahren’s emails was made public in the charging documents, and the content further revealed why Ahrens faces the possibility of steep criminal punishment over the unsettling threats.
“Please go to my Facebook page and read what I sent to the men of the United States Congress. They have less than 48 hours to hand over my money or their children will start dying all over the country. I’m going to kill their children using the same law as the Government used to force our families on to the Trail of Tears,” one of his messages read.
In another message, Ahrens provided specific drop-off instructions for the undisclosed sum of money that he demanded.
In perhaps one of the more deranged emails, Ahrens wrote, “America is going to get to see a sitting President get his head blown off right in front of them,” adding, “…your families will start dying. After that is over, I’m going to come back here one more time and tell you to hand over my money.”
Ahrens could soon face the wrath of a federal grand jury’s decision of whether to indict him or not. It wasn’t clear at the time of this writing if the accused has hired legal representation.