Las Vegas Man Arrested for Making Antisemitic Threats to Senator
Posted on: October 31, 2023, 04:01h.
Last updated on: October 31, 2023, 01:15h.
Senator Rosen, who is Jewish, received a series of antisemitic rants on her voicemail.
Numerous obscenities were uttered in the messages, according to federal prosecutors. Included in these messages were statements calling Rosen a monster, un-human, subhuman, and a vermin. Miller also left messages threatening her family and questioned if Rosen has “any family members that [were] Israeli settlers,” saying they were guilty of “war crimes.”
“She lets her own family members kill these Palestinians in the West Bank,” one of Miller’s messages reportedly said.
The first group of messages were left between October 11 and 19.
Arrest and Charges
The messages led authorities to charge the suspect, John Anthony Miller, 43, with threatening a federal official. He was arrested last Thursday and appeared in federal court on Friday. Miller is next scheduled to appear in court on November 13 before U.S. Magistrate Judge Elayna J. Youchah. If convicted, Miller could spend a year in prison.
Miller also appeared at the federal courthouse on Las Vegas Boulevard on October 18 and demanded to see Rosen, who has an office in that building. Security refused to let Miller see her.
The messages began a few days after Hamas massacred some 1,400 victims in southern Israel. That led the Israeli military to target Hamas leadership and infrastructure in the Gaza Strip. There have been numerous casualties on both sides.
Rosen is past president of Congregation Ner Tamid, which is Nevada’s largest synagogue. She also co-chairs the Senator’s Bipartisan Task Force for Combating Antisemitism.
Threats against public officials should be taken seriously,” Rosen’s office responded about the incident. “Senator Rosen trusts the U.S. Attorney’s office and federal law enforcement to handle this matter.”
Miller’s court-appointed public defender, Ben Nemec, told The Daily Beast he couldn’t comment on the case.
The FBI, the Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department, the U.S. Marshals Service, and the U.S. Capitol Police investigated the case.
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