A Houston man threatened to burn U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz and his father unless the lawmaker paid him $3 million, prosecutors said.
Nick K. Gates, 37, has been charged with making a terroristic threat, a third-degree felony, court records show.
He was being held Tuesday at the Harris County Jail in lieu of $10,000 bail.
An intern at Cruz’s Austin office told investigators that a man called the office on June 5, saying that Cruz “owed him money or a bomb would explode,” according to an arrest warrant filed in the case.
The man, who identified himself as Abolfazi Akbori, called again the same day after the office had closed and left a threatening message on the office’s voicemail system, the warrant said.
Another phone message was left at Cruz’s San Antonio office containing threats that the caller “would kidnap, murder, and burn Ted Cruz and his father,” the arrest warrant states.
The message states, “Ted has a choice. Give me $3 million or lose the sun.” The caller said that “due to government misconduct the sun would blow up and said he might be able to prevent the sun from blowing up if he receives $3 million,” according to the arrest warrant.
Gee, you would think the NSA might have picked up this call.