Document: NC man threatened to shoot senator’s ‘brains out’ if taxes increased

Rowland Edwin Dodge Jr, 62. (Source: Mecklenburg County Sheriff's Office)

MATTHEWS, N.C. (WBTV) – A Matthews man is facing federal charges after he reportedly called and threatened to kill a U.S. Senator from Connecticut.

According to court documents, 62-year-old Rowland Edwin Dodge Jr. called the officer of United States Sen. Richard Blumenthal, of Connecticut, last Wednesday around 12:10 p.m. Dodge was on the phone with an intern and reportedly asked to speak to the senator.

When the intern told Dodge Sen. Blumenthal was not available, Dodge reportedly said “Tell Sen. Blumenthal that if he raises my taxes one cent, just one penny, that I will kill that mother [expletive]. I will shoot his mother [expletive] brains out.”

The intern says the Dodge hung up on her when she asked for his name and zip code. She documented the call and reported the incident to U.S. Capitol Police.

Telephone records show the call came from Dodge, who lives in Matthews.

FBI agents reportedly went to Dodge’s home Thursday where he admitted the number in the records was his home phone number and he was the only one home at the time. He told agents he could not remember if he called Sen. Blumenthal’s office the day before.

A warrant was then issued for Dodge’s arrest for threatening to assault, kidnap or murder a United States official. He was booked in the Mecklenburg County jail at 5:40 p.m. Tuesday evening.

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