FREDERICK, Md. (WJZ) — A Maryland man is facing a federal charge after allegedly threatening former Vice President Joe Biden, Sen. Kamala Harris and supporters with a letter in Frederick in early October.

A criminal complaint was filed Wednesday charging the man, James Dale Reed, 42, on the federal charge of threats against a major candidate for President or Vice President.

According to the affidavit filed in support of the criminal complaint, a letter threatening candidates for President and Vice President — specifically Biden and Harris — was left on the doorstep of a Frederick home on the morning of October 4 at around 4:30 a.m.

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James Reed. Credit: Office of the United States Attorney for the District of Maryland

A person dropping off the letter was caught on a Ring doorbell camera. The resident said they didn’t know the man but had several signs in the yard supporting Biden and Harris.

The letter reads in part: “This is a warning to anyone reading this letter if you are a Biden/Harris supporter you will be targeted. We have a list of homes and addresses by your election signs. We are the ones with those scary guns, We are the ones your children have nightmares about…”

The rest of the message is too graphic to detail but claims that they will allegedly beat Biden and sodomize Harris before executing them on national television.

Investigators identified Reed as a suspect after getting a citizen tip. Someone who knew Reed saw the doorbell camera footage and confirmed it was him.

The affidavit noted that Reed is known to the U.S. Secret Service for making a threatening statement against a person under USSS protection in 2014.

Reed was interviewed at his home on October 13 and denied he left the letter or being the person on camera. Two days later, however, he admitted writing and delivering the letter and was arrested.

He told investigators “This will happen,” referring to people making threatening comments due to the “political climate.”

The homeowner, Mark Posthuma, told WJZ they were concerned.

“We took it seriously, we were hoping nothing would happen but you never know. The person did say they had guns so it was concerning,” Posthuma said.

Caught On Camera: Maryland Man Allegedly Wrote Letter Threatening Joe Biden, Kamala Harris

Still, the Posthumas don’t plan to take down their campaign signs.

United States Attorney for the District of Maryland Robert K. Hur stated, “We take these types of threats extremely seriously.  Such threats to commit violence are illegal and have no place in our democracy, and we will hold accountable those who make them.  We are grateful for the assistance of the City of Frederick Police Department and to citizens who provided tips that ultimately led to Mr. Reed’s arrest and these federal charges.”

If convicted, Reed faces a maximum of five years in federal prison.

Kelsey Kushner

Comments (18)
  1. Andrew S says:

    I cannot believe the amount of threats that are made towards our president from celebrities and all liberals that they are only taking threats against democrats serious. So one sided

    1. Jackie O says:

      Well they were just kidding. Can’t you tell? I mean, it was so obvious with that bimbo holding up Trump’s sawed off head by the hair. Everyone over at the Hill just laughed and laughed.

  2. Slinky says:

    Amen to that. Applied fairly, we would be watching reruns for the next 20 years.

  3. boreas says:

    he is insane as are those like minded.

  4. A J says:

    Trump and his Cult followers are a threat to ALL… VOTE TRUMP OUT!

  5. Jackie O says:

    Man? How can you tell it’s a man? Maybe it has identified as a female today?

    1. Billie says:

      Maybe you identify as mentally deficient?

  6. Chuckster255 says:

    Trumplodytes
    If you don’t know what it means, read it’s meaning at:
    https://www.urbandictionary.com/define.php?term=trumplodyte

  7. John C. says:

    Time to weed out the crazies

  8. Fred Griffin says:

    The trumpers are the violent lot- they are so Q-razy they can’t tell lies from the truth, have COVID superspreader events where they won’t obey mask rules & Trump stands there making threats, telling them to vote twice and harass people at the polls

    VOTE HIM OUT!!!!!!!!!!!!

  9. iratenate says:

    I guess Joe didn’t ask him to be on his cabinet….

  10. chrissfarmer says:

    The Trump lot are the dangerous violent right: KKK, white supremacists (very fine proud boy people) gun enthusiasts who run people over, wealthy racists who wave guns at black people for the crime of walking down their street and being black in a white neighborhood (“they will take away your suburbs”) heavily armed militia groups (“stand by”) who want to kidnap & kill a Governor and bring assault rifles to peaceful demonstrations and the Q Anon who have fallen for the biggest lie of all time and go into a pizzeria w/ an assault rifle to free the kids in the satanic pedophile basement…….only there are no kids and there is no basement and it is all a hoax they fell for.

    Trump embraces them.& runs on fear of boogie men & conspiracy theory lies because, at this point, it’s all he has left.

  11. anonymous says:

    Trump supporters are desperate losers as they gulp for air and circle the drain.You have to almost feel sorry for them, being so stupid they swallowed a bait of false promises and they believe the lies he spews daily & they are so sick they think covid is a hoax but the pizzagate thing or Mexico paying for a border wall he didn’t even build are true? They think he brought back law and order or that unemployment for black people being almost twice as high as it was when Obama left is doing more for them than anyone but Lincoln are you serious??????????

    You have to admit he is one of the brighter ones at least he can write……….granted he is like Trump and did not spell all the words right. Poor literacy- there’s a Trumplodyte for ya and thanks new word in my vocab LOL

    People calling out Trump on lies & criticizing him are not threats. Obama slayed him in his speech tonight and he made no threats whatsoever. A celeb’s bad joke w/ a prop was not a threat, it was just a joke. It was not a real head you know! A photoshopped pic of Trump in a jail cell is just a joke well one we hope will become reality. This guy made threats to a specific family & candidates not jokes. BIG DIFFERENCE

  12. Corey says:

    Trump supporters aren’t the ones that have been destroying cities. Biden/Harris supporters are idiots wrapped in a moron! Some of the dumbest people I have ever encountered.

    1. Chuckster255 says:

      The peaceful protesters aren’t the ones causing the damage and destruction, you can blame that on anarchists, opportunists and/or agent provocateurs who would be doing it to discredit the real protesters. Some of these agent provocateurs maybe directed by law enforcement personnel, either under orders or direction of the law enforcement agencies, law enforcement officers and/or the officer’s union personnel.

  13. Rajinder says:

    Which cities have been destroyed??? None I know of. I have been attending anti Trump protests for 4 years now and have never damaged anything or even seen any violence. I would say the people who are running over women with cars threatening to kill them and showing up to “rallys” with assault rifles are the problem………and politicians who have people lawfully & peacefully assembled in a public park gassed and violently run off by riot cops so they can wave a Bible and embrace armed racist militias & conspiracy theory nut jobs (who also have assault rifles to raid restaurants) are the problem. Gosh I don’t even own an assault rifle!

    Exactly which armed militia groups has Biden praised or told to stand by and go intimidate people at the polls?

    Trump is the so called commander in chief, talk to him about the cities being destroyed on his watch. He is president of all 50 states not just the red ones. You don’t get to pick you get them all,

    The really dumb people are the ones who voted for Trump because he said he would be too busy working for them to play golf, the end to COVID has been just around the corner for almost a year now and Mexico paid for the wall………..or that he even built one when the truth is he has only added abut 3 miles to it and the rest is just refurbishing existing wall some of which Obama approved.

  14. NOTSO PROUDNOW says:

    that a proud boys jacket he’s wearing? typical low info T’RUMP supporter coward- he should do real well in jail don’t drop your soap there or they’ll grab your sorry lil scared pu$$y

  15. t says:

    you gotta be dumber than Trump to do anything to a house w/ a video doorbell! Well he is a Trump supporter – how come Trump has been so called POTUS for 4 years and America is not great yet???? Shouldn’t that have taken less then a year in Trump time?

    The “billionaire” who hides his tax returns. The “genius” who hides his college grades. The “businessman” who bankrupted 3 casinos and lost over $1B in 10 yrs. The “playboy” who pays for sex. The “virologist” who knows more than Dr. Fauci. The “leader of the free world” who said he “fell in love” with North Korea’s Kim Jong-un. The “Christian” who doesn’t go to church. The “President” who committed TREASON by turning a blind eye to Russian bounties on our soldiers. The “unifier” who calls white supremacists fine people. The “philanthropist” who defrauds charity. The “patriot” who dodged the draft five times. The “innocent man” who refuses to testify. The “President” who takes no responsibility. The “tough, strong” man who wears makeup and hairspray. The “deal maker” who has yet to close a deal.
    THIS IS THE PRESIDENT OF THE UNITED STATES who claims he’s making America great?

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