Suspect faces up to 10 years in prison for alleged death threat to Minn. lawmaker

ADDISON — Patrick W. Carlineo Jr., 55, of Addison, was charged Friday with threatening to assault and murder a United States Congressman.

U.S. Attorney James P. Kennedy Jr. said the charge carries a maximum penalty of 10 years in prison, a $250,000 fine, or both.

According to the criminal complaint filed in District Court, on March 21, at about 12:20 p.m., a telephone call was received by a staff member of U.S. Rep. Ilhan Omar, D-Minn., according to Assistant U.S. Attorney Brett A. Harvey, who is handling the case.

During the call, an individual, eventually identified as Carlineo, said to the staff member, “Do you work for the Muslim Brotherhood? Why are you working for her, she's a (expletive) terrorist. I’ll put a bullet in her (expletive) skull.”

The complaint states that Carlineo sounded angry, and yet "spelled his name and provided contact information" on the call.

After receiving the call, the threat was referred to the United States Capitol Police, Threat Assessment Section, who began an investigation in coordination with the FBI.

Carlineo was interviewed March 29 by Corning-based FBI Special Agent Kenneth Jensen Jr. and another agent, according to court filings.

In that interview, the subject reportedly said that "if our forefathers were still alive, they'd put a bullet in her head," referring to Rep. Omar.

"Carlineo stated that he was a patriot, that he loves the President, and that he hates radical Muslims in our government," the complaint stated. He reportedly told investigators he believed Omar's election was not legitimate.

Officials also said that Carlineo acknowledged in the interview that he owned a shotgun and a .22-caliber firearm.

Carlineo made an initial appearance Friday afternoon before U.S. Magistrate Judge Marian W. Payson and is being held pending a detention hearing at 10:30 a.m. Wednesday at Western District Court, Rochester.

The complaint is the result of an investigation by the Federal Bureau of Investigation, under the direction of Special Agent-in-Charge Gary Loeffert, and the United States Capitol Police, under the direction of Matthew R. Verderosa.