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Man Arrested for Making Threat Against Colorado Senator

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"I’m a schizophrenic and I need help."

A Colorado man has been arrested after police say he threatened to shoot Colorado Sen. Michael Bennet's staff members. John Troy Davis, 44, now faces federal charges after making a series of phone calls to the Democrat's Denver office over the past month.

According to the FBI, Davis called the senator's office a number of times to complain about his Social Security benefits. But during a phone call last Thursday, Davis told one staffer that he was "a schizophrenic" who needed help.

"I'm just going to come down there and shoot you all," Davis said, according to the criminal complaint. "To get your attention, I will go down there and set fire to the perimeter," he reportedly said, adding that he "may go to terrorism." Davis also told the unnamed staff that he "killed that woman," thought it's not clear at this point what woman he was talking about.

Davis was promptly arrested on Friday and was scheduled to appear in Denver federal court Monday afternoon. He is accused of violating federal law in making threats to assault, kidnap or murder a United States official.

Since the arrest, U.S. Capitol police say they have added extra security patrols around Bennet's Denver home and office.

"We can confirm that there was a threat against Senator Bennet's office and that the FBI working with the Capitol Police have arrested the individual responsible for the threat," Bennet spokesman Adam Bozzi said Monday.

"Michael has full confidence in the law enforcement agencies handling the case and remains focused on his job serving the people of Colorado," Bozzi added.

The threat to Sen. Bennet occurred before the attempted murder of an Arizona congresswoman on Saturday, a shooting incident that killed six people and wounded 14 others.

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