SEATTLE - A man accused of yelling racially-charged threats to Washington Representative Pramila Jayapal while standing outside her home has been released from jail.
According to police, a 49-year-old Seattle man stood outside Jayapal's home, yelling threats and using obscene language just before midnight on July 9. Her husband told 911 dispatchers that he believed the man may have shot a pellet gun, but he was unsure, according to court documents.
When officers arrived, they say they saw the suspect in the middle of the street with his hands in the air. He had a handgun holstered on his waist.
The suspect told investigators that he knew the house he was at was Jayapal's, and that he wanted to pitch a tent on her property, according to court documents. Neighbors told police they heard the man yell something to the effect of "go back to India, I'm going to kill you."
He was arrested but has since been released.
In a statement, Jayapal's office told FOX 13:
"Congresswoman Jayapal confirms that incidents occurred at her Seattle home on Saturday night when she was present. The Congresswoman and her family are safe and appreciate the many calls and good wishes she is receiving from constituents. She is very grateful for the swift and professional response from the Seattle Police Department, the U.S. Capitol Police, and the FBI investigators who are working together diligently on the investigation and ensuring that she and her family stay safe. Because this is an ongoing investigation, she will not be commenting further at this time."