Man accused of threatening Sen. Bennet staffers

10:27 AM, Jan 11, 2011   |    comments
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The alleged threat happened two days before six people were fatally shot at a grocery store in Tucson where U.S. Rep. Gabrielle Giffords (D-Ariz.) was meeting with constituents.

John Troy Davis, 44, faces a charge of assault on a federal employee and is scheduled to be in court in Denver Monday afternoon. He is in federal custody.

According to an arrest affidavit, Davis called Bennet's office on Thursday to complain about his Social Security benefits. At one point, Davis allegedly told a Bennet staffer that he is schizophrenic and that he "may go to terrorism."

Federal law enforcement sources tell 9Wants to Know reporter Jace Larson that there is no indication of any connection between Davis' threat and the shootings.

Sources also tell 9Wants to Know they have not determined whether Davis had the means to carry out his alleged threat.

Court records, reviewed Monday by 9Wants to Know, allege Davis called Bennet's office on numerous occasions over the past month and threatened congressional staff members.

Davis is well-known to the Senator's office as he has frequently called to complain about such benefits, the FBI alleged in court documents.

The United States Attorney's Office for Colorado is expected to issue a statement Monday afternoon.

Here are the legal documents involved in the case:

- Davis' handwritten lawsuit.
- Motion to dismiss lawsuit.
- Order to dismiss lawsuit.

The case against Davis is the third to be filed in the past two weeks by Denver federal prosecutors against people allegedly making threats against public officials.

Federal prosecutors charged a man last week who threatened to kill President Obama while the suspect was in the Weld County Jail in July.

A man in Colorado Springs was charged last week after he walked into FBI offices and also threatened to kill the president.

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