Richard Mel Phillips, 36, was arrested this week in Florida, after he admitted to making threatening phone calls to members of the U.S. Congress that “him angry,” FBI officials said.
(Marion County Jail)
Federal agents said they arrested a man in Florida this week, after he admitted to making threatening phone calls to members of Congress that “made him angry.”
The suspect, identified as Richard Mel Phillips, 36, “smiled” when FBI agents played back the voice recordings when they visited the house that he shares with his mother.
After the FBI identified Phillips as the caller, they charged him with sending threatening communications, Lakeland newspaper, the Ledger reported.
In a message left in August, the caller tells a member that he was going to “stick a bullet through your f—- skull,” according to the data obtained by the paper.
“The caller states repeatedly that ‘you’re all going to f—- that’, and stressed that he ‘does not have a f—– just kidding around with you motherf—–s,'” the records say.
When the FBI interviewed Phillips at his Fruitland Park home, he admitted to conduct interviews with politicians, because they “made him angry,” and he blamed them for his unemployment, the paper reported.
In the calls to legislators, Phillips also threatened to “slaughter” FBI agents if they were sent to his house, Orlando news station WFTV-TV reported.
Although the names of the Congress members were not revealed, the criminal complaint with reference to a member with the initials M. W., who is a two-minute voice mail of Phillips, FOX35 Orlando reported.
The FBI concluded that Phillips, not weapons, or money, or plans to leave the state, “did not have the resources” to carry out the threats, the Ledger reported.
Phillips was held in Marion County Jail on federal charges.