Philadelphia man threatens to kill Congressman

    A thirty-eight year old Philadelphia man is charged with threatening to kill a congressman, after a You Tube video he made was reported to authorities.

    A Philadelphia man who claims to be “the son of the God of Enoch,” has been arrested and charged in U.S. District court. Norman LaBoon is accused of threatening to kill Republican Congressman Eric Cantor and his family. [audio:100329kgthreat.mp3]

    A man who identifies himself as Norman LaBoon Sr. is a prolific YouTube poster. Most of his rambling videos show him shirtless in his kitchen, warning religious and political leaders of dire consequences if they don’t heed his message.

    LaBoon: So much love from your God, as I am prophet Norman, the last messenger for God.

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    LaBoon is being charged in U.S. District court with threatening to kill Virginia Congressman Eric Cantor and his family. Michael Levy, the U.S. District Attorney in Philadelphia, says he doesn’t know why LaBoon targeted the Republican.

    Levy: We take threats over the Internet seriously, certainly we take threats to government officials seriously, especially in light of what’s been happening in recent weeks.

    Some Democrats received death threats after their votes in favor of the health care bill. And what police believe was a stray bullet hit Cantor’s office last week. Levy says he has no basis to connect LaBoon to that incident. Levy says LaBoon called Cantor “pure evil” in his Youtube post.

    Levy: He then says, ‘you receive my bullets in your office. And remember they’ll be placed in your heads. You and your children are Lucifers, abominations.’ The remarks about bullets ending up in the Congressman’s head we viewed as a threat to the Congressman.

    Cantor’s office said in a statement the Congressman is grateful to federal law enforcement, but had no further comment.

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