The U.S. Secret Service arrested a man for allegedly making numerous comments threatening to kill former President Donald Trump, according to a federal complaint unsealed Monday.
Thomas Welnicki, a 72-year-old man from Rockaway Beach, New York, was arrested after allegedly calling the Secret Service and leaving voicemails in which he expressed his intent to murder Trump, according to a complaint filed in Brooklyn federal court. Welnicki allegedly left messages on the Secret Service’s New York City Duty Desk on Nov. 8, 2021, identifying himself by name and referring to Trump as “Hitler” before threatening to kill the former president.
“I will do everything I can to make sure [Individual-1] is dead,” Welnicki said, according to the complaint.
While the complaint does not identify Trump by name, the New York Daily News reported that “Individual-1” refers to the former president, citing a law enforcement source.
Welnicki previously called the Secret Service and allegedly left messages with comments threatening Trump’s life beginning in January 2021, according to the complaint.
“I am going to do anything I can to take out [Individual-1]. Oh yeah that’s a threat, come and arrest me,” Welnicki allegedly said during a message left on Jan. 4, 2021, the complaint said. “I will do anything I can to take out [Individual-1] and his 12 monkeys…If I had the opportunity to do it in Manhattan that would be awesome…Tomorrow [Individual-1] will be in Georgia, maybe I will.”
The “12 monkeys” allegedly referred to elected officials Welnicki viewed as helping Trump challenge the results of the 2020 presidential election, according to the complaint.
Welnicki allegedly submitted to a voluntary interview on July 21, 2020, with the United States Capitol Police in which he promised that “if [Individual-1] loses the 2020 election and refused to step down,” he would “acquire weapons” and “take him down,” the complaint said.
Welnicki was arrested Monday and is due to appear in court later today, the New York Daily News reported.
The Secret Service did not immediately respond to the Daily Caller News Foundation’s request for comment.