Texas man arrested on charges of threatening life of Ted Cruz and his family
San Antonio Express-News:
A San Antonio-area man has been charged with threatening to kill U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Texas, and members of his family.This is a weird case. Universal City is a San Antonio area community. Neighbors describe the accused as someone who suffered a stroke and has only recently become mobile again. The story does not indicate what the issue was that angered him to the point of making an alleged threat.
The official that James Amos Headley, 59, is accused of targeting is not identified in court records, other than by the initials T.C., and prosecutors and the FBI won’t name him. The San Antonio Express-News confirmed that it is Cruz through other sources.
“Pretty soon you’re gonna be runnin for your life, just hope your family is not with ya because I’m not gonna insult them, I’m gonna kill them, right after I shoot you right in front of them,” court documents quote Headley as saying in a July 11 voicemail left at the official’s office at the U.S. Capitol.
Agents quietly arrested Headley last week on a federal felony charge of threatening to assault and murder a public official with intent to impede, intimidate and interfere with the official and his duties. Headley remained in jail Thursday, and his court hearing this week was postponed until next week.
The Express-News confirmed through law enforcement sources and other sources familiar with the matter that Headley, of Universal City, supports President Donald Trump and was upset with Cruz’s stance on unspecified issues that don’t align with Trump’s views.
The criminal complaint affidavit said a staffer for the official retrieved the voicemail July 13 and reported it to Capitol police, who traced the call to San Antonio. With the help of the FBI here, the agencies identified Headley as the suspect, the affidavit said.
Headley admitted to the FBI that he was mowing the lawn, then came inside and watched the news.
“Defendant told agents he was upset with T.C.’s position on different policies and decided to call and leave a message demonstrating an intent to impede and intimidate a U.S. official,” the affidavit said.
Headley also acknowledged having a Beretta pistol in the house, the affidavit said.