A New Orleans prison inmate was arrested again Wednesday for threatening to kill President Joe Biden, Vice President Kamala Harris, former President Donald Trump and other US officials.
Police booked Shaun Chapman, 37, with six counts of threatening a public official and one count of terrorism, according to the Orleans Parish Sheriff’s Office. Chapman suffers from bipolar depression, police said. He was first charged in December with attempted kidnapping and aggravated assault for allegedly forcing three people into the Hyatt Regency Hotel with a knife point.
Threat to Philadelphia
While in custody at the Orleans Justice Center Tuesday, the Philadelphia-born Chapman threatened to “blow up every federal building in the city of Philadelphia,” police wrote in documents filed with the Criminal District Court. He is also accused of threatening to kill Biden, Harris, Trump, House Speaker Kevin McCarthy, and federal judges Christopher Conner and Sylvia Rambo of Pennsyvlania Intermediate Circuit Court in Scranton.
Police wrote that Chapman mentioned that his friends had shown him how to make bombs and that he “was going to overthrow the government and that January 6th was nothing compared to what’s to come.”
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The Hyatt arrest
Chapman was arrested Dec. 3 for allegedly cramming three victims into the Hyatt’s third-floor bar, police said. During his bail hearing later that same day, his attorney said he had not been on his proper medication for bipolar depression in months.
Police said Chapman pulled a knife on a man waiting at a bus stop and forced him into the hotel along with a nearby security guard. He next threatened the bartender at the hotel before a maintenance worker and a Louisiana State Police officer attacked him, authorities said.
Chapman’s bail was set at $100,000 that day. Magistrates Commissioner Peter Hamilton added $40,000 to the number Wednesday.
His attorney did not immediately respond to requests for comment. The Secret Service, which normally investigates threats against the president, did not respond to a call for comment.