Meredith Dowty, 59, is facing a criminal threat charge after officials were “alerted to threatening statements directed at Wichita City Mayor Brandon Whipple,” according to a Wichita police press release.
Whipple told CNN that he receives threats periodically, but the details of “this looked different”.
The mayor says he has no copies of the messages. However, remember that “it was the anger over the mask ordinance that we passed. The anger is over, I really think, only for Covid in general.”
“Obviously, the person (who sent the messages) was very angry, but also very detailed in what they seemed to want to do,” he added. “They wanted the address, my address.
“And also, this threat was more specific about kidnapping me and slitting my throat,” he said. “Those were the ones that were read to me. They were graphic.”
The Wichita Police Department statement did not specify what the alleged threat was about. He said the investigation is ongoing and will be presented to the district attorney.
The Wichita Eagle reported that Dowty is a retired city firefighter who the city council honored in 2008 for helping rescue a police officer who was shot and killed during his duty.
Correction: An earlier version of this story incorrectly described the accusation against Meredith Dowty. He was arrested on suspicion of a criminal threat.