Man Arrested For Allegedly Threatening To Kidnap Wichita Mayor Over Mask Order

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Meredith Dowty, 59, allegedly threatened to kidnap Wichita Mayor Brandon Whipple over the city's mask mandate.

A 59-year-old man in Kansas is facing a criminal threat charge after allegedly threatening to kidnap the Wichita mayor over the city’s coronavirus mask mandate, according to CNN.

  • A news release from Wichita police said Meredith Dowty was arrested after officials were "alerted to threatening statements directed toward city of Wichita Mayor Brandon Whipple.”
  • Whipple told CNN that Dowty’s threat “seemed different” from those he receives from time to time.

He said a detective called him and read the text messages that were "sent to someone else who knew this person, but also knew me." The Wichita Eagle reported that the texts were originally sent to another city official.

The mayor says he does not have copy of the messages. However, he does recall that "it was anger over the mask ordinance that we got through. Anger over, I think really, just Covid in general."

"Obviously, the person (who sent the texts) was very angry, but also very detailed in what it sounded like they wanted to do," he added. "They wanted the address, my address.

  • "And also, this threat was more specific about kidnapping me and cutting my throat," Whipple told the news outlet. "Those were what was read to me. They were graphic."

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