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Toledo Man Charged for Threatening Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, Owning Ammunition

Posted By on Mon, Aug 12, 2019 at 12:49 PM

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A Toledo man has been charged after threatening Congresswoman Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez and illegally owning ammunition.

Forty-one-year-old Timothy J. Ireland, Jr. was charged in the U.S. District Court in Toledo last week on one count of being a felon in possession of a firearm, one count of being a fugitive in possession of a firearm and one count of making interstate threats, according to a press release from the U.S. Department of Justice.

A private citizen reported one of Ireland’s Facebook posts to the United States Capitol Police (USCP) July 23 for containing threats to a member of Congress. Ireland shared a news story about Ocasio-Cortez and added the comment “She should be shot. Can’t fire me, my employer would load the gun for me,” according to court records.

Ireland had a criminal record, revealed in an FBI criminal history check. He had two outstanding warrants – a felony warrant from Florida and a misdemeanor warrant from Georgia – and four felony charges of dealing in stolen property while in Florida.

According to court records, Ireland told Lawrence Anyaso, a Special Agent with the USCP, the following during a phone interview Aug. 2:
  • He did make the reported statements.
  • He was proud of the Facebook post.
  • He hunts and has guns for sport.
  • He carries his guns concealed.
  • Everyone he knows has guns.
USCP searched Ireland’s home in Toledo Aug. 8 and found seven rounds of ammunition. They did not find any firearms. Ireland’s possession of ammunition and statements on Facebook violate U.S. Code articles on firearms and interstate communications, according to court records.

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