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Police Arrest Michigan Man They Say Threatened to Put a Gun to Sen. Cory Booker’s Face

The man authorities say was behind a voicemail threatening to put a gun to Sen. Cory Booker‘s (D-New Jersey) face has been arrested, local station WOOD-TV reported.

Rick Lynn Simmons, a resident of Grand Rapids, Mich., was indicted Jan. 9 on charges of interstate communication with threat to injure after authorities said he called Booker’s New Jersey office in October and left a racist, profanity-laced voicemail message.

According to transcripts included in the indictment, Simmons made at least three references to putting a gun to the Black Democrat’s face. MLive reported that the indictment, filed in U.S. District Court, was unsealed Monday after the FBI arrested Simmons in Kentwood, a 15-minute drive from Grand Rapids.

“Come on, you bring it on buddy,” the message said in part. “Just me and my wife and we got guns a blazin’. You wanna come in here? … I got a nine millimeter I’ll put in your f—–’ face, you m———–. You wanna, you wanna challenge me?”

At one point, officials said Simmons also used the N-word.

If convicted, Simmons faces up to five years in prison and a $250,000 fine

Booker is thought to be exploring the possibility of running for president in the 2020 election.

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