Officials Charge Man Says He ‘Comes For’ Biden
According to federal court documents, a Kansas man told a Secret Service agent he “went to see” President Biden on Friday.
The man, Scott Ryan Merryman, made threats for three days, beginning Tuesday, when he called police in Independence, Kan., and said he was heading to Washington, DC, to meet the president, according to an affidavit filed in the United States District Court for the District of Maryland.
The US Secret Service called Mr Merryman on Wednesday and he told an agent that he had been directed by God to visit Mr Biden and see off “the head of the serpent in the heart of the country”, according to a report. affidavit written by Lisa Koerber, a Secret Service agent.
Mr. Merryman said he did not mention Mr. Biden and that he did not threaten the president, the affidavit said.
It is unclear whether Mr Merryman has an attorney and he did not respond to messages of comment on Saturday. The White House did not immediately respond to a message for comment, and the Secret Service deferred inquiries to the United States Attorney’s Office for the District of Maryland, which did not respond to messages.
Late Wednesday, agents met Mr. Merryman at Cracker Barrel’s parking lot in Maryland, where they searched him and found three .45-caliber bullets and a scope, a small telescope. oath said. The agents did not find the weapon, and Mr. Merryman told them he was unarmed. They did not specify where they found the scopes and ammunition.
Mr. Merryman “stated that the purpose of the detection range was to ‘perform reconnaissance,'” Koerber wrote. When asked why he had come to the White House, Mr. Merryman said that “he had to deliver a message. to President Biden,” the affidavit said.
That message, the affidavit said, was to advise Mr. Biden “that people are fed up with divisions in the country and turn to God.”
Mr. Merryman called an agent later that day and said, “‘I have a bullet with your name on it,'” Ms Koerber wrote.
On Thursday, he called the White House switchboard and said he was coming to “cut off the head of the snake/Antichrist,” Koerber wrote. When an agent called him later that day, Mr. Merryman said he was “going to see” Mr. Biden, according to the affidavit.
In the affidavit, Ms. Koerber also posted pictures from a Facebook account she believes belonged to Mr. Merryman.
The affidavit cited several posts from the account describing Secret Service members as “agents of the dark” and saying he threatened an agent with a bullet.
Mr. Merryman was also charged with an act of interstate communications containing the threat of harm.
https://www.nytimes.com/2022/01/29/us/scott-merryman-kansas-charged-biden.html Officials Charge Man Says He ‘Comes For’ Biden