CAMDEN — A Millville man has been charged with threatening to assault and murder a New Jersey congressman and his political staff, acting U.S. Attorney William E. Fitzpatrick said Friday.
Joseph Brodie, 38, is charged by federal criminal complaint with one count of threatening to assault a U.S. official, but the name of the House member was withheld.
Documents filed in the case say Brodie made threats by phone and email Sept. 15 and 19.
State Police from the Port Norris Station went to Brodie’s home Sept. 20 after someone called to ask for a well-being check.
Troopers found Brodie trying to hide in a home trailer before fleeing out the front door with an assault rifle, which he tried to fire, the criminal complaint said.
During a search of his home, troopers seized weapons, including three rifles, two handguns and three 30-round high-capacity magazines.
State Police arrested Brodie. The Cumberland County Prosecutor’s Office filed weapons charges.
The FBI’s Atlantic City office, which investigated, alleges Brodie is a military veteran with post-traumatic stress disorder and was contacting the congressman to complain about the Department of Veterans Affairs clinic.
Brodie was in state custody and is to appear in Camden federal court before U.S. Magistrate Judge Joel Schneider.
Fitzpatrick said the charge of threatening a U.S. official carries a maximum potential penalty of six years in prison and a $250,000 fine.