A Maryland man was arrested for repeatedly threatening to harm Dr. Anthony Fauci and his family, along with another top doctor.
Thomas Patrick Connally Jr., 56, allegedly sent multiple emails that repeatedly threatened acts of gun violence, physical beatings, torture and arson, according to a criminal complaint unsealed Tuesday.
The profanity-laced missives were sent from an encrypted Swiss-based email account between December and last week, and were filled with conspiracy theories and anti-Semitic and homophobic comments, documents allege.
Connally’s first message to Fauci’s work email at the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases in December contained the subject line: “Hope you get a bullet in your compromised satanic skull today,” according to the complaint, which was filed Monday.
In that email, Connally called Fauci, 80, a “freemason criminal,” and wrote “I hope you get a rope around your vile elf neck,” according to the court document.
In another email, he said he hoped the chief medical advisor to the last seven presidents and his family would be “dragged into the street, beaten to death, and set on fire,” US attorneys said in a press release.
In April, the defendant threatened the family of Dr. Francis Collins, the current Director of the National Institutes of Health, if he discussed “mandatory vaccines.” That email was titled “Six mandatory shots in your head,” the complaint alleged.
On April 24 alone, Connally is accused of sending seven threatening emails to the Brooklyn native and four emails to Collins, according to the feds.
Connally is expected to face a federal judge Wednesday in connection with charges of threats against a federal official and interstate communication containing a threat to harm, prosecutors said.
“We will never tolerate violent threats against public officials,” Acting US Attorney Jonathan Lenzner wrote.
“Our public health officials deserve our thanks and appreciation for their tireless work, and we will not hesitate to bring charges against those individuals who seek to use fear to silence these public servants.”
He faces up to 10 years in federal prison if convicted, according to prosecutors who said the charges stemmed from stepped up security around top medical personnel during the COVID-19 pandemic.