COLUMBIA Co., Fla. (WPRI) — A Rhode Island man is facing charges in Florida, accused of making threats against President Donald Trump and then leading sheriff’s deputies on a multi-county chase.
According to Sgt. Murray Smith of the Columbia County Sheriff’s Department, Ausarmaat Rahotep, 37 of Central Falls, called 911 early Saturday morning and told the operator he was “headed to Donald Trump with bombs.”
Eyewitness News obtained the 911 calls from Columbia County, where Rahotep speaks to a dispatcher for 30 minutes, repeatedly asking to speak to the FBI. At times his speech is confused and rambling.
“I am driving to Iraq…(inaudible)…in near of bombs,” Rahotep tells the dispatcher, explaining that he is driving a tractor-trailer on the interstate.
“I’m going to get to Massachusetts or wherever. But I’m going to move for them. I’m going to get to Donald Trump if I have to….I’m going to come back in two years. I will do it again. I’m not joking. This country is a messed up country right now,” Rahotep said.
He repeatedly references being willing to “die for our country” and says he “loves” the United States.
The dispatcher asks: “Are you drunk?”
“Drunk off my emotions, yes,” Rahotep said.
Sgt. Smith said after checking the local interstates, a sheriff’s deputy located a white semi-tractor trailer pulled over on the shoulder of I-75 north. When the deputy turned on his lights, Rahotep drove back on to the highway and led police on a short chase.
Smith said the truck was weaving back and forth during the pursuit but did not exceed the speed limit before eventually pulling into an agricultural inspection station in Hamilton County. He was arrested and charged with reckless driving, fleeing and attempting to elude and making threats against elected officials.
Smith said the Valdosta Police Explosives Detection K-9 Team checked the truck and trailer and found no explosives. Instead, he said the trailer was filled with pool construction materials.
Smith said Rahotep’s bond was set at $20,000, and at last check he had not posted it. The sergeant also said there were currently no federal charges filed, although the secret service would be informed as a matter of procedure, and the investigation is ongoing.