A Texas man was arrested Tuesday after he allegedly threatened to kidnap, murder and burn U.S. Senator Ted Cruz and his father if they did not cough up $3 million.
Nick Gates, who faces charges for making terrorist threats, told the senator’s office he would “blow up” the sun if he wasn’t paid the money.
"Ted has a choice, give me $3 million or lose the sun."
- Nick Gates allegedly said in a voicemail left at Cruz's office
Investigators allege threatening phone calls made June 5 to Cruz's offices in Austin and San Antonio were traced back to Gates.
Court documents show the 37-year-old admitted to FBI agents he made the calls and that Cruz was told he had a choice: give Gates the money or "lose the sun."
The person said "due to government misconduct the sun would blow up and said he might be able to prevent the sun from blowing up if he receives three million dollars," according to the arrest warrant, The Houston Chronicle said.
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Gates, who made the calls from his home phone and later admitted he made them, told agents he had previously been hospitalized at the Harris County Mental Health Center. He was being held at the Harris County jail on $10,000 bond.
Based on reporting by The Associated Press.