New York man charged with threatening to kill US Rep. Ilhan Omar

U.S. Rep. Ilhan Omar, D-Minn., listens during a news conference Nov. 30 on Capitol Hill in Washington. Omar graduated in 2011 from North Dakota State University, where those who knew her said she lived a relatively quiet existence. Bloomberg photo by Andrew Harrer
U.S. Rep. Ilhan Omar, D-Minn., listens during a news conference Nov. 30 on Capitol Hill in Washington. Omar graduated in 2011 from North Dakota State University, where those who knew her said she lived a relatively quiet existence. Bloomberg photo by Andrew Harrer

A New York man was charged Friday, April 5, with threatening to assault and murder U.S. Rep. Ilhan Omar of Minnesota.

Patrick Carlineo Jr., 55, of Addison, N.Y., was arrested following an FBI investigation for allegedly calling Omar's office and threatening to shoot the first-term Democrat, who is a Somali-American and one of the first Muslim congresswomen ever elected.

According to the criminal complaint, on March 21, Carlineo allegedly called and asked a staff member, "Do you work for the Muslim Brotherhood? Why are you working for her, she's a (expletive) terrorist. I'll put a bullet in her (expletive) skull."

After receiving the call, the threat was referred to the U.S. Capitol Police, who began an investigation with the FBI.

Carlino is being held pending a detention hearing on April 10. The charge carries a maximum penalty of 10 years in prison, a $250,000 fine or both.