Nearly one month after the FBI received a email containing a "credible" threat to decapitate Hawaii Congresswoman Tulsi Gabbard, authorities in Mexico arrested a suspect and turned him over to the FBI.
The suspect, Aniruddha Sherbow, allegedly sent the threatening email to the FBI on August 2. “I, Aniruddha Sherbow, with the Divine as my witness, do hereby solemnly vow to find Tulsi Gabbard, wheresoever she may be, and to sever her head from her body,” he wrote, according to the Hawaii Reporter.
The email wasn't Gabbard's first run-in with Sherbow. In 2011, Gabbard, who was then serving on the Honolulu City Council, obtained a three-year restraining order against Sherbow, who allegedly bombarded her with "verbally abusive telephone calls and...similar text messages." Sherbow would later claim that the order was never served. From an email Sherbow wrote to the Hawaii Reporter:
“I was never actually served with the restraining order. There was no bail and no case. Thrown out. I actually took Tulsi to task about her lack of responsiveness, which many people have complained about. But she couldn't say that, so she made it sound like I threatened her.
… I really was born into the same obscure Western-Hindu tradition as Tulsi, the Hare Krishna Movement, also known as the Brahma Madhva-Gaudiya Sampradaya. Because of this last connection, I think she is counting on me not hurting her. And she is right to count on it, because it is in fact very difficult for me to hurt her. However, we all have our limits, and I have reached mine. At this point, if you stuck Tulsi’s head in front of me, I’d have it off in two seconds flat. … I hoped the whole thing might have some good ending somehow, but I’m not seeing one.”
Sherbow was arrested in Tijuana on Wednesday by Mexican police, who turned him over to FBI agents in San Diego. During his initial court appearance today, Sherbow was charged with one charge of transmission of threats in interstate commerce.
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