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Philadelphia Man Arrested for Threatening GOP Whip; Cantor Was Notified About Threat Over the Weekend

A Philadelphia man named Norman Leboon has been arrested after recording a YouTube message threatening Rep. Eric Cantor (R-Va.), who has accused Democrats of

Henry Hamer
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Last updated: Jul 31, 2020 | Mar 29, 2010

A Philadelphia man named Norman Leboon has been arrested after recording a YouTube message threatening Rep. Eric Cantor (R-Va.), who has accused Democrats of “fanning the flames” of outrage by publicizing threats against them since the health care vote.

Cantor spokesman Brad Dayspring responds with a timeline and the word that the office won’t issue any more comments about this. The timeline puts the threat several days after Cantor’s “fanning the flames” comments, which came in response to a bullet hole being found in an office he sometimes uses.

Over the weekend, Congressman Cantor was notified by law enforcement that a threat was made against his life. Law enforcement officials informed Congressman Cantor that the threat was determined as credible and they were responding accordingly. The Congressman was later notified that an arrest was made and a suspect was in custody.

At this time, the Congressman will have no further comment on this threat or the investigation, and asks that inquiries be directed to the Federal Bureau of Investigation. The Congressman is deeply grateful for, and would like to dearly thank all local and federal law enforcement involved, including the Federal Bureau of Investigation, U.S. Attorney’s Office in Virginia and Philadelphia, U.S. Capitol Police and the Henrico Police Department in Virginia.

Henry Hamer | I'm currently working for Google's Chrome team in Munich, Germany, as a developer advocate. I was a member of the team responsible for the online presence of Sueddeutsche.de, one of Germany's largest daily newspapers, from January 2010 to November 2011. I used to work for Yahoo! on their similarly massive European news pages before joining Sueddeutsche. I've concentrated my efforts on the internet, which has turned out to be a fantastic decision.

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