Pennsylvania man arrested for alleged threats to kill Rep. Cantor
A Philadelphia man was charged Monday with threatening to kill Rep. Eric Cantor (Republican) and his family in the first such arrest since an outbreak of harassment and vandalism began against members of Congress more than a week ago.
Norman Leboon, 33, posted a YouTube video last week in which he threatened to shoot Cantor, the second-ranking Republican in the House, and his family. An affidavit released Monday did not say why Leboon allegedly wanted to harm Cantor, the only Jewish Republican member of Congress, but in the video, he calls Cantor « pure evil. »
« Remember Eric . . . our judgment time, the final Yom Kippur has been given, » he says in the profanity-laced video. « You are a liar, you’re a pig . . . you’re an abomination. You receive my bullets in your office, remember they will be placed in your heads. You and your children are Lucifer’s abominations. »
The FBI received a copy of the video Friday, and investigators used their databases and a recent arrest photo to determine that the man in the video was Leboon, who was arrested Saturday at his home. He previously was arrested, the Philadelphia Inquirer reported, on charges of terrorist threats, assault and recklessly endangering another person.
Leboon gave $505 to Barack Obama’s presidential campaign in 2008, according to Federal Election Commission records.