Kansas man charged with threatening Biden held in Maryland jail
A Kansas man traveling to Washington was being held Saturday for threatening President Joe Biden, authorities said.
Scott Merryman was at the Washington County Detention Center in Hagerstown, Md., awaiting a court appearance scheduled for Monday, a detention center official said.
A court filing in the case said Merryman called police in Independence, Kansas on Tuesday and told them he was traveling to the nation’s capital to see the president.
In a telephone interview with a US Secret Service agent on Wednesday, Merryman said God told him to go to Washington to cut off “the head of the serpent in the heart of the nation,” the filing said.
Merryman denied in the interview that Biden was the snake, although in a Facebook post he identified the president as “the Antichrist” and said “he will suffer a fatal head injury.” Merryman added: “I will strike this blow in the name of Christ.”
Another Secret Service agent located Merryman in the parking lot of a Cracker Barrel restaurant in Hagerstown. The officer searched Merryman and found three rounds of ammunition and a spyglass, but no firearms or other weapons, according to the court document.
On Thursday, Merryman called the White House switchboard and threatened Biden, the document says.
The criminal complaint seeking his arrest on the federal charges was filed Friday.