Kenai man arrested for threatening U.S. Senator

Anchorage, Alaska (KINY) – A Kenai man was arrested Monday on charges of making interstate threats to kidnap and injure a current U.S. Senator.

According to court documents, Arther Graham, 46, sent a web form submission to a U.S. Senator on Sept. 28, 2023, threatening to injure the Senator. Congressional staff members reported the threat to the U.S. Capitol Police and an investigation was launched.

The defendant identified himself in the threat.

Law enforcement later confirmed the sender was Graham and lived in Kenai.

He was taken into custody by special agents from the U.S. Capitol Police and FBI on Oct. 30, 2023.

He is scheduled to make an initial appearance before a U.S. magistrate judge on Nov. 3.

Graham is charged with using interstate communications with a threat to kidnap and injure in violation of 18 U.S.C. §875(c). If convicted, he faces a maximum penalty of five years in prison. A federal district court judge will determine any sentence after considering the U.S. Sentencing Guidelines and other statutory factors.

U.S. Attorney S. Lane Tucker of the District of Alaska made the announcement.

The U.S. Capitol Police, with assistance from the FBI Anchorage Field Office, the Kenai Police Department, and the Alaska State Troopers, is investigating the case.

Assistant U.S. Attorney Karen Vandergaw is prosecuting the case.