A photo of Neil Walter included in an FBI affidavit file in federal court in connection with the criminal charges against the Michigan man seen in the photos for threatening the FBI director and a member of Congress.
A Michigan man who owns a registered gun has been arrested for allegedly making death threats against FBI Director Chris Wray, two weeks after he allegedly made similar threats against Democratic Rep. John Garamendi of California. according to a federal court filing released on Tuesday.
The man, identified as Neil Matthew Walter, was charged with the transmission in interstate commerce of a message containing a threat of harm to another person.
Walter, a 32-year-old Grand Blanc resident, was temporarily held without bond during an appearance Tuesday in the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Michigan. He is next scheduled to appear in court on Dec. 1 for a detention hearing.
Garamendi’s office notified the U.S. Capitol Police that it had received a threatening voicemail message allegedly left by Walter on the night of Nov. 3, according to the criminal complaint.
“John. Hey John. You’re going to die John. You’re going to die,” the voicemail read, according to an FBI agent’s affidavit attached to the complaint.
When Capitol Police requested a welfare check on Walter at his home, he responded to a local police detective “with a firearm in his hand and initially refused to drop the weapon or leave the residence,” the filing said.
Walter then “placed the handgun in the pocket of his hooded sweatshirt, but kept his hand over the firearm when making contact with the police.”
The affidavit stated that Walter had lashed out at the detective.
FBI Director Christopher Wray testifies before a Senate Judiciary Committee hearing titled “Oversight of the Federal Bureau of Investigation” on Capitol Hill in Washington, U.S. on August 4, 2022.
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When Walter’s father arrived at the residence, the father told investigators “of his son’s mental instability and prior history of being in a Florida hospital,” the FBI agent wrote.
Walter’s mother later told police he had been “diagnosed with unspecified psychosis,” according to the affidavit.
On November 10, when Capitol Police made contact with Walter’s mother, she told them that “he is refusing mental health treatment, still has a gun on him, and has made statements that he would protect himself if someone tried to take him from his home.”
Later that day, Walter contacted the Capitol Police’s Criminal Investigations Division and “expressed strong dissatisfaction with the explanation that USCP should not have called his family about him” and said the Capitol Police would “make it worse,” according to the affidavit.
More than a week later, on Saturday, Walter allegedly used his Facebook account to post a series of threatening comments on a live video of Wray, the FBI director, according to the affidavit.
“Director Wray will die multiple times a day every day for repeatedly raping my family and lying to them and himself about it I will kill you I will kill you Director Wray you will die I will kill you in self defense,” one of Walter’s posts read.
Walter’s Facebook page also contained a series of comments “expressing the belief that half of the senators, the FBI, the CIA, the police, Tom Cruise and Elon Musk are involved in a slave-rape ring, citing various locations where the rings are located.” which identified the United States Capitol building,” according to the FBI.
A firearms check showed that Walter was in possession of a registered Sig Sauer 9mm semi-automatic handgun. Walter’s mother told the FBI he also had a revolver, according to the affidavit.