A Pennsylvania man accused of shooting in the suburbs of the Democratic Party of Philadelphia office faces federal charges, prosecutors said.
Anthony Nero, 48, was charged by state pointsbut he was arrested by federal authorities on Wednesday and is now charged with sending threatening communications and cyberstalking, prosecutors said on Friday.
No one was injured in the shooting, which involved three shots fired through a window at Montgomery County Democratic Party headquarters in Norristown, officials said. The shooting was discovered on January 20th.
On January 7, Nero reportedly sent a message via the county party’s website complaining about “stolen elections”; threatens “violence is the only language you bloodsuckers understand”; and included the phrase “Trump you!” according to court documents.
The message was sent a day after an anti-Trump mob attacked U.S. Citol in Washington, partly fueled by lies that the election President Donald Trump lost was fake or stolen.
Nerou was ordered Friday to hold until his next hearing on Tuesday, the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Eastern Pennsylvania District said in statement.
His lawyer was not listed in the online records of the federal courts. The lawyer reportedly representing him in the state case did not immediately respond to a message left in his office Friday night.
Nero is accused of state points that include terrorism and making terrorist threats.
State points were withdrawn on Wednesday before federal agents took Nero into custody, Reported by the Philadelphia Inquirer.
The FBI said in a statement under the statement that Nero admitted to firing a threatening message at 12.30pm and firing three shots from a gun into the building.
Norristown is about 25 miles northeast of downtown Philadelphia.