Ronald Derisi, 74, of New York, was charged threatening to murder a federal official
Police say a New York man threatened to kill two U.S. Senators for supporting Brett Kavanaugh’s confirmation to the U.S. Supreme Court.
Police charged Ronald Derisi, 74, of Smithtown, New York, with threatening to murder a federal official.
Authorities said that Derisi had left a series of threatening voicemails at the two Senators’ offices in which he threatened to kill them, according to the criminal complaint which was obtained by
The identities of the allegedly-threatened Senators has not been released. However, it appears that at least one of the Senators does not represent the state of New York.
Two of the threatening voicemails were left for a Senator on September 27, the same day that Kavanaugh and Dr. Christine Blasey Ford, who came forward to accuse the now Supreme Court Justice of sexually assaulting her while they were teens, testified in front of the Senate Judiciary Committee.
In one Senator’s voicemail, timestamped that day at 4.55pm, the caller can be heard saying, ‘It’s a 9 millimeter. Side of your f**king skull you scumbag motherf**ker,’ before signing off with, ‘Yeah, Kavanaugh, I don’t think so.’
Almost an hour later, at 5.42pm, the caller left another voicemail for the same Senator, in which he appeared to say that he was ‘tired’ of the Senator ‘sucking taxpayers’ money! Getting a free f**king ride!’
The caller then went on to say, apparently about the Senator, ‘He’s a dead man! 9 millimeter, side of the f**king head!’
He then said, ‘If f**king Kavanaugh gets in, he’s dead f**king meat! Actually, even if Kavanaugh doesn’t get in he’s dead f**king meat. 9 millimeter, side of the head, you f***ing old bastard,’ according to TMZ.
Two of the threatening voicemails were left for a Senator on September 27, the same day that Kavanaugh (shown) and Dr. Christine Blasey Ford testified before the Senate members
The other Senator contacted by the caller was called a ‘f**king twit’ and ‘f**king moron,’ and then told, ‘Tick-tock, tick-tock, tick-tock.’
Authorities said that the two Senators’ offices provided them with 10 voicemails from the caller.
Capitol Police said Derisi called the senators from a pre-paid cellphone and left threatening voicemails both before and after Kavanaugh’s contentious confirmation on October 6.
Investigators said they traced the calls to Derisi using cellphone records and ‘location information’ from the phone’s provider.
Although he had used a burner phone, it appeared that Derisi had used his debit card to buy the phone.
Derisi was scheduled to appear Friday at a federal court on Long Island.
A call to Derisi’s residence seeking comment rang unanswered. It wasn’t immediately clear whether he had an attorney.
Derisi has previously pleaded guilty to making other harassing calls.
And, in 2011, Derisi was arrested for cutting the cables of a disputed Metro PCS cell phone tower that had sprung up near a gated community of townhouses, according to
Derisi, then 67, who was said to have lived closest to the tower, was charged with two felony counts of tampering and criminal mischief, after having allegedly caused about $100,000 in damage by cutting the feeder cables.