Man Accused of Threatening Tulsi Gabbard Arrested

August 29, 2013, 9:06 AM HST · Updated August 29, 10:30 AM
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Tulsi Gabbard. Courtesy photo.

Tulsi Gabbard. Courtesy photo.

By Wendy Osher

The FBI joined US Capitol police today announcing the arrest of an individual accused of making threats against US Rep. Tulsi Gabbard, who represents the 2nd Congressional District in Hawaiʻi.

Aniruddha Sherbow was arrested on Wednesday, Aug. 28, in Tijuana, Mexico, by Policia Estatal Preventiva, Baja California State Police Fugitive Unit, pursuant to a federal arrest warrant, authorities said.

Sherbow is scheduled to have his initial court appearance on Friday, Aug. 30, at 7:30 a.m. HST (10:30 a.m. PDT) in San Diego, after being turned over to FBI agents in California, the announcement said.

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The appearance will trigger the unsealing of the criminal complaint and the supporting affidavit, according to FBI officials in Honolulu.

Sherbow faces a charge of transmission of threats in interstate commerce for alleged threats reported on August 1 and Aug. 3, 2013, officials said.

Sherbow reportedly sent an email to the FBI in August threatening to decapitate Gabbard, according to a report published in the Hawaiʻi Reporter.

The complaint is not evidence of guilt and Sherbow is presumed innocent unless and until proven guilty in a court of law.

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