Virginia Beach man accused of repeatedly threatening US Sen. Mark Warner

Anthony Butkiewicz III -- Southside Daily/ Courtesy of Western Tidewater Regional Jail
Anthony Butkiewicz III — Southside Daily/ Courtesy of Western Tidewater Regional Jail

VIRGINIA BEACH — A local man is accused of repeatedly threatening to punch and shoot U.S. Sen. Mark Warner over his views on abortion and the proposed border wall.

Anthony Butkiewicz III, 55, is charged with threatening to assault a U.S. official, and was ordered held without bail Tuesday.

Assistant U.S. Attorney Bill Jackson says the charges stem from voicemails left at Warner’s Richmond, Virginia, office in January and February. Butkiewicz was arrested Feb. 21 at a motel room from where agents also seized cocaine and marijuana. No weapons were found.

Butkiewicz told FBI agents and U.S. Capitol Police he made the calls. Jackson says Butkiewicz has also violated a long-term protective order filed by the mother of his children.

His public defender, Andrew Grindod, says his client is essentially harmless.

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John Mangalonzo (john@localvoicemedia.com) is the managing editor of Local Voice Media’s Virginia papers – WYDaily (Williamsburg), Southside Daily (Virginia Beach) and HNNDaily (Hampton-Newport News). Before coming to Local Voice, John was the senior content editor of The Bellingham Herald, a McClatchy newspaper in Washington state. Previously, he served as city editor/content strategist for USA Today Network newsrooms in St. George and Cedar City, Utah. John started his professional journalism career shortly after graduating from Lyceum of The Philippines University in 1990. As a rookie reporter for a national newspaper in Manila that year, John was assigned to cover four of the most dangerous cities in Metro Manila. Later that year, John was transferred to cover the Philippine National Police and Armed Forces of the Philippines. He spent the latter part of 1990 to early 1992 embedded with troopers in the southern Philippines as they fought with communist rebels and Muslim extremists. His U.S. journalism career includes reporting and editing stints for newspapers and other media outlets in New York City, California, Texas, Iowa, Utah, Colorado and Washington state.