Steuben County man arrested for threatening to shoot Rep. Omar

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UPDATE (4:47 p.m.): Rep. Omar has released the following statement to 18 News:

“I’m thankful to the authorities who are investigating this case and grateful no one was hurt. As a nation, we must confront the alarming rise in violent extremism—and threats against religious minorities.”

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UPDATE (1:16 p.m.): Police have arrested Patrick W. Carlineo, Jr., 55, of Addison, N.Y. for threatening to assault and murder Minnesota Congresswoman Ilhan Omar.

According to the complaint, on March 21, 2019, a telephone call was received by a staff member for Minnesota Congresswoman Ilhan Omar. During the call, Carlineo allegedly said he would “put a bullet through (Omar’s) [expletive] skull” and asked if she worked for the Muslim Brotherhood.

After receiving the call, the threat was referred to the United States Capitol Police, Threat Assessment Section, who began an investigation in coordination with the FBI.

Investigators who spoke with Carlineo reported that he believed that “if our forefathers were alive they’d put a bullet in her head.”

Carlineo did have a .22 caliber firearm and a shotgun in his residence.

Rep. Omar issued this statement,  “I’m thankful to the authorities who are investigating this case and grateful no one was hurt,” Omar. “As a nation, we must confront the alarming rise in violent extremism—and threats against religious minorities.”

Stick with 18 News as more information becomes available. 

For the full press release click here 

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There was heavy police activity at a house in Rathbone this morning.

Our photojournalist was on the scene where reports are that police were dressed in heavy armor coming in and out of the home just off County Route 21.

18 News did reach out to the Steuben County Sheriff for more information. We’re told the FBI is now handling the matter.

This is a developing story, we will continue to update you as more information becomes available. 

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