A man who traveled to Washington with an assault-style rifle last week and threatened to shoot Speaker Nancy Pelosi had also mused about shooting Mayor Muriel E. Bowser of Washington, federal prosecutors said in a court filing on Wednesday.
The man, Cleveland Grover Meredith Jr., was among those charged in federal court after the riot at the U.S. Capitol last week. The government, including images of Mr. Meredith’s weaponry, said he drove to Washington with an assault-style rifle, a Glock firearm with high-capacity magazines and over 2,500 rounds of ammunition. On Thursday, the day after the riot, he sent a text reading, “I may wander over to the Mayor’s office and put a 5.56 in her skull.”
As a violent rampage unfolded in the Capitol, Ms. Bowser found herself at the center of the crisis, which she called a “domestic terror attack.” Asked about threats against her at a news conference on Wednesday, Ms. Bowser said that she received regular threats, and that the Metropolitan Police Department would institute measures as needed. The police chief declined to discuss details of the mayor’s security detail.
In a series of texts, some with inflammatory language, Mr. Meredith threatened to “Burn DC” to the ground, announced that it was “War time” and vowed to collect a “ton of Traitors heads.” In a separate threat against Ms. Pelosi, he also considered “putting a bullet in her noggin on Live TV,” according to a text disclosed in the court filing, which argued that Mr. Meredith should be detained pending his trial.
Mr. Meredith, a resident of Colorado, appeared to believe his texts were monitored by law enforcement. The Atlanta Journal Constitution reported in 2018 that he erected a billboard reading “#QANON” and featured a logo for his business, “Car Nutz Car Wash.” The F.B.I. has identified QAnon as a potential domestic terrorist threat.