Meredith Dowty, 59, is facing a criminal threat after officials “alerted to threatening statements directed at the city of Wichita Mayor Brandon Whipple,” according to a Wichita police statement.
Whipple told CNN that he periodically gets threats, but the details of “this one seem different.”
The mayor said he did not have a copy of the messages. However, he recalled that “it was anger at the masked ordinance we went through. Anger, I think, was just Covid in general.”;
“Obviously the person (who sent the texts) was furious, but also very detailed on what they wanted to do,” he added. “They want the address, my address.
“And also, this threat is more specific about kidnapping me and cutting my throat,” he said. “That’s what I read. They’re graphic.”
The Wichita Police Department statement did not elaborate on the alleged threat. It said the investigation is ongoing and will be shown to the district attorney.
The Wichita Eagle reported that Dowty was a retired city firefighter honored by the city council in 2008 for helping rescue a police officer who was shot in the line of duty.
Correction: An earlier version of this story did not properly describe the charge against Meredith Dowty. He was arrested on a criminal charge.