Police: Man Left Messages Threatening President, Elected Officials, Law Enforcement
NASHVILLE, Tenn. – Police have arrested a man who they said made threats to kill the president, other elected officials, and members of the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation.
Metropolitan Nashville Police arrested 45-year-old Jimmie Randall Johnson Jr. on one count of harassment.
A Davidson County affidavit said Johnson called the main phone number of the Tennessee Office of Homeland Security and left three messages on July 11. During the second message, he even left his name.
During the messages, police said he made several threats against President Barack Obama, former presidential candidate Mitt Romney, former vice presidential candidate Paul Ryan, Tennessee Homeland Security Director David Purkey, and Tennessee Bureau of Investigations Special Agent Tommy Farmer. In one of the messages, he even threatened to blow up an airport.
The affidavit said he called back the following day, leaving another message in which he threatened to “light Nashville up,” and again threatened to kill Romney and Ryan.
Investigators were able to track down his information, and found he lives in Ardmore, Tennessee.
Agents then went to Huntsville, Alabama, to interview him. During an interview, Johnson allegedly admitted to making the calls and leaving the messages.
Johnson was arrested Saturday, and booked into the Metropolitan Jail.
His criminal record in Nashville shows he was arrested for DUI in 2012.