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Rochester man arrested for allegedly threatening to shoot U.S. Rep. Rodney Davis

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RODNEY-DAVIS

SPRINGFIELD (WEEK) -- A Rochester man has been arrested and charged for allegedly threatening to shoot U.S. Rep. Rodney Davis.

Randall E. Tarr, 64, was arrested Thursday and brought before a federal judge in Springfield, according to a release by the U.S. Department of Justice.

Tarr allegedly left a voicemail at Davis' office in Decatur the morning of Nov. 25, when he allegedly threatened to shoot the congressman.

(An affidavit gives a transcription of the voicemail Tarr allegedly left at Rep. Davis' Decatur office)

According to an affidavit, Davis's office forwarded the voicemail to US Capitol Police, who traced it to Tarr.

When Rochester Police interviewed him, an affidavit says Tarr told them he had seen a TV commercial that made him mad, so he called and left the voicemail.

The affidavit further states that Tarr denied being under the influence of drugs or alcohol when he left the voicemail.

Tarr is an Army veteran and told officers that he does not own a gun, according to the affidavit.

He is facing one count of communication of a threat to injure a person, punishable up to five years in prison, and one count of making a threat to a federal official. For the latter, Tarr could face a maximum sentence of 10 years in prison.

Tarr was released from custody, according to the release, and placed on house arrest and location monitoring, among further conditions.

Tarr is due back in court on December 17.

Drew Veskauf

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