A 59-year-old man has been arrested for allegedly threatening the mayor of Wichita, Kansas, over a city mask mandate, authorities said.
Meredith Dowty, of Wichita, was booked on Friday on suspicion of making a criminal threat involving Mayor Brandon Whipple, police said.
The mayor told the Wichita Eagle that another city official showed him text messages from the man, who asked about his address and threatened to “grab me and cut my throat.”
The suspect allegedly resented the mayor’s pandemic mandate and mentioned “masks and oppression,”; Whipple told Eagle.
“The investigation is ongoing, and will be presented to the Sedgwick County Attorney’s Office,” the Wichita Police Department said in a statement.
“Violence is never a way to resolve conflicts,” the mayor tweeted on Friday. “We are always stronger together as a City even when the times are at their worst.”
NBC News could not find a lawyer for Dowty. The public defender’s office did not respond immediately.
Earlier this month, 13 men were arrested in an alleged foiled plot to kidnap Michigan Democratic governor Gretchen Whitmer in her restrictions aimed at preventing the spread of the coronavirus.
Joe Studley and Cristian Santana contributed