Tennessee man charged with threatening to kill Obama, Romney


Mug shot of  Jimmie Randall Johnson Jr., courtesy of Metropolitan Nashville Police Department

A Tennessee man who police say threatened to kill President Obama, Mitt Romney, Rep. Paul Ryan (R-Wis.) and other officials was arrested Saturday and is due to appear in court later this week.

Authorities arrested Jimmie Randall Johnson Jr., 45, of Ardmore. He faces a harassment charge.

According to a Davidson County affidavit, Johnson left three voicemails at the main number for the state Department of Homeland Security earlier this month with threats against Obama, Romney, Ryan, state Homeland Security Director David Purkey and Tennessee Bureau of Investigations Special Agent Tommy Farmer.

Johnson threatened to "come with an AK" to kill the men, according to the affidavit. He made additional threats the next day to kill Romney and Ryan and "light Nashville up," it said.

Johnson is scheduled to appear in court on Thursday, according to his case record.

Alice Crites contributed to this post 

Sean Sullivan has covered national politics for The Washington Post since 2012.
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