New Mexico Man Charged With Threatening To Execute President Joe Biden & Ex-Wife In Bizarre Texts

May 27 2021, Published 10:53 a.m. ET

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A man in New Mexico is facing a federal charge after threatening to execute President Joe Biden and several others in a bizarre string of text messages.

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Source: MEGA; Doña Ana County

39-year-old John Benjamin Thornton was taken into custody by the Federal Bureau of Investigation on Monday and charged with using interstate commerce communications to send a threat to injure another person.

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In the strange text messages -- which were allegedly sent by Thornton -- he appeared to reference the anti-government Three Percenters group.

Thornton allegedly stated he was "taking leadership of revolutionary Army called the [sic] 3%ers" and called himself evolutionary a "war general," reports CNN.

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Source: Doña Ana County

In the complaint, he also texted, "5 stars after I execute Joe Biden for Treason."

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The FBI did not reveal who Thornton allegedly sent the text messages to.

He is currently being held at Doña Ana County Jail without bond.

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Thornton is scheduled to appear remotely for a federal court hearing on Friday morning.

President Joe Biden wasn't the only person that he allegedly threatened to kill in the bizarre texts.

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In his alleged messages, Thornton also claimed that a Canadian computer company was using a device to "Tunnel into the Brainwaves of ALL Methamphetamine users Brainwaves, globally."

According to the criminal complaint, he allegedly threatened to "shotgun execute every single one of them," including his ex-wife, who he reportedly claimed was a "traitor."

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Source: MEGA

"My ex wife is a traitor and is likely to be executed by my new government," he allegedly wrote.

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The FBI said they had been investigating Thornton for a while.

"Thornton has been the subject of complaints since November 11, 2020, by several persons who have received messages characterized as disturbing or threatening since that time," the complaint read.

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This isn't the only death threat Joe Biden has faced this year.

In February, a North Carolina man was arrested after threatening to kill and inflict bodily harm on Biden, as well as others.

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Months prior, another man was taken into custody after threatening to end the president and vice president Kamala Harris' life. has reached out to the White House for comment.



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