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Another man in New York has been arrested by federal authorities after he allegedly threatened multiple elected officials online, a law enforcement source with direct knowledge of the investigation tells NBC New York.
The man, identified as Brendan Hunt, was arrested in Queens following a raid by the FBI -- but he wasn't at the siege in the U.S. Capitol on Jan. 6, the source said Tuesday. Authorities are currently executing a search warrant at Hunt's apartment.
At least eight FBI agents were seen entering a residence on Gates Avenue as part of the search.
Hunt is expected to appear in federal court in Brooklyn later Tuesday, law enforcement sources said. Federal charges have been filed in court in Washington, D.C.
The New York state court system confirmed that Hunt was employed as an assistant court analyst in the attorney registration unit. He has been suspended without pay.
A 37-year-old Queens-based court employee accused of threatening to “slaughter” Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, Sen. Chuck Schumer and other Democratic lawmakers was denied bail by a federal magistrate judge Tuesday.
Brendan Hunt, an assistant court analyst in the Office of Court Administration’s attorney registration unit, used Facebook to call for the “public execution” of Democratic members of Congress, according to a criminal complaint.
“Trump, we want actual revenge on democrats. Meaning, we want you to hold a public execution of pelosi aoc schumer etc. And if you dont do it, the citizenry will. We're not voting in another rigged election. Start up the firing squads, mow down these commies, and lets take america back!” he wrote on Facebook Dec. 6 under the alias “X-Ray Ultra”.
Hunt lives in Ridgewood and worked out of OCA’s offices on Beaver Street in Manhattan, an official said.
His extremist rants continued on his personal website and other social media platforms, including Parler and the video-sharing site Bitchute, spurring an investigation by federal authorities, prosecutors said. FBI agents arrested Hunt at his home on Gates Avenue in Ridgewood Monday.
Assistant U.S. Attorney David Kessler detailed the “chilling series of calls for direct violence against members of Congress” during Hunt’s arraignment in Brooklyn federal court Tuesday.
Two days after far-right extremists stormed the U.S. Capitol building, Hunt posted an 88-second video on Bitchute urging followers to “Kill your senators,” the complaint states. His website and video-sharing account, threaded with bizarre conspiracy theories and anti-Semitic content, were still active Tuesday afternoon.