Matthews man arrested for threatening senator

- A Matthews, NC man has been arrested for threatening a senator, according to an affidavit.

The affidavit says on Wednesday, March 9, around noon an intern in Hartford, Connecticut, office of United States Senator Richard Blumentahl answered a call from 62-year-old Rowland Edwin Dodge, Jr.

Dodge asked to speak to the senator but the intern told him he was not available.

According to court documents the caller said to the intern, "Tell Senator Blumenthal that if he raises my taxes one cent, just one penny, that I will kill that mother f*****. I will shoot his mother f****** brains out."

The caller asked for Dodge's name and zip code but he hung up. The intern documented the call and reported the incident to the U.S. Capitol Police.

The police subpoenaed the telephone record for Senator Blumenthal's office and found Dodge's location.

On Tuesday, March 10, FBI Agent Ernest R. Mathis went to NC to interview Dodge. He told the agent he was home around the same time the call was made from his residential landline and did not remember if he made a call to Senator Blumenthal's office, according to the affidavit.

FBI Agent Mathis spoke with Mrs. Dodge on the phone and confirmed she was at work when the call was made from their home.

Agent Mathis proceeded to arrest Dodge.

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