A Kansas man has been arrested in connection with threatening to kidnap and kill a mayor over a mandatory mask ordinance, which he called a form of tyranny, the mayor said Friday.
Meredith Dowty, 59, was booked into the Sedgwick County Jail, according to records, though he has not been charged. Wichita Mayor Brandon Whipple said another city official read him the text messages Dowty is accused of writing.They asked about his address and threatened his life, the Kansas City Star reported. “He said he was going to kidnap me and slash my throat and he needed my address because I needed to see the hangman — me and everyone who, something about tyranny,” Whipple said. “It sounded like the person was very upset about pretty much mask mandates.