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Man accused of threatening to kill Maxine Waters

LOS ANGELES — A San Pedro man has been arrested on a federal charge of threatening to kill Rep. Maxine Waters, D-Los Angeles.

Anthony Scott Lloyd, 44, is scheduled to appear in court next month after he allegedly made the threat during a phone call to Waters’ Capitol Hill office last month.

According to the U.S. Attorney’s Office, Lloyd called the office Oct. 22 and left a voicemail “laced with expletives and epithets” and used the words “dead” and “kill” a total of four times.

Lloyd was arrested Nov. 9 but later released on $20,000 bail. He is scheduled to be arraigned Dec. 7 on a single count of threatening a United States official. Prosecutors initially charged him Nov. 8, but he was indicted by a federal grand jury Nov. 7.

According to an arrest affidavit, Lloyd became angered while listening to talk radio on Oct. 22 when he heard a report involving Waters making disparaging comments about President Donald Trump and calling for his impeachment.

“If you continue to make threats toward the president, you’re going to wind up dead, Maxine, ’cause we’ll kill you,” Lloyd said in the voicemail, according to the affidavit.

He also used the N-word to refer to Waters and an anti-gay slur.

“This is not reflective of the 43rd District of California,” Waters said in a statement released by her office “My district is very diverse, and though we don’t always agree, my constituents would never threaten me. We are collectively focused on the progress, safety and security of our communities.”

The charge could land Lloyd in prison for up to 10 years, prosecutors said.

The case is being investigated by the FBI, which received assistance from the U.S. Capitol Police, Threat Assessment Section.

The case is being prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney Veronica Dragalin of the General Crimes Section.

Waters’ 43rd Congressional District includes a large part of South Los Angeles and the South bay, including the cities of Hawthorne, Inglewood and Gardena.