McCain Mail Threat Suspect Charged

Aug 22, 2008 2:23pm

ABC News’ Jack Date Reports:  Marc Harold Ramsey, the man investigators believe was responsible for mailing a package containing a suspicious powder to the Denver office of Republican presidential candidate Sen. John McCain, will face charges of mailing threatening communications, according to a criminal complaint filed in federal court in Denver, earlier today. 

The powder was determined to be non-hazardous and non-lethal. 

Ramsey allegedly mailed the suspicious package from the Arapahoe County Sheriff’s detention facility, where he has been held since last September on allegations of  felony menacing, harassment and felony second degree assault on a peace officer, the complaint says.

According to the complaint, Ramsey admitted to mailing the letter, when interviewed by Arapahoe County Sheriff’s Detective William Gallegos and U.S. Postal Inspector Luis Castrillion, both members of the FBI Joint Terrorism Task Force.   

The package contained a letter addressed to Senator McCain which said, "IF you are reading this then you are already Dead!  Unless of course you can’t or don’t breathe."  The letter closes with "You’re out of time  Allahu Akbar," according to the complaint.

Though the letter was signed "Akeem Ramsey El," Ramsey apparently made no effort to hide his identity, including his return address at the Arapahoe County Detention Facility, with his correct name, "Marc Ramsey" and his jail ID number "07-13160."

Ramsey told investigators that his father "was in Vietnam during the same time as Senator McCain and that the government takes care of Senator McCain but hot his father who suffers from agent orange," according to the complaint.

The complaint states the letter was opened by the office manager at McCain’s Denver campaign office, at which point a white powder fell out of the package onto her pant leg. 

The office manager saw the first threatening line of the letter and immediately notified the political director and a staff member.   The three drove themselves to the Sky Ridge Medical Emergency Room to be decontaminated. 

19 people in all were decontaminated due to the suspicious powder.

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