Chicago man accused of threatening Flake ordered to Arizona

FILE - In this Oct. 2, 2018 file photo Sen. Jeff Flake, R-Ariz. participates in an interview at the The Atlantic's 'The Constitution in Crisis' forum in Washington. A man accused of threatening to kidnap and kill a United States senator and his family underwent his first court appearance in Chicago. James Dean Blevins was told Thursday, Oct. 18, 2018, that the federal charges filed against him in Arizona accusing him of threatening an official identified only as "United States Senator J.F." could be transferred to Chicago if prosecutors don't object. Authorities have declined to provide the victim's full name, but Arizona Republican Sen. Jeff Flake is the only senator with those initials. (AP Photo/Cliff Owen, File)

CHICAGO (AP) — A Chicago man accused of threatening to kill U.S. Sen. Jeff Flake because he was “tired” of the Republican “interrupting” President Donald Trump will face the federal charges in Arizona.

U.S. Magistrate Judge M. David Weisman in Chicago said in a late Wednesday order that prosecutors in Arizona, where a grand jury indicted James Dean Blevins, didn’t agree to transfer the case to Chicago.

The Chicago Sun-Times reported that prosecutors alleged at a Tuesday detention that Blevins left a voice message at Flake’s office, saying, “I am tired of him interrupting our president, and I am coming down there to take him and his family out.” Blevins’ lawyer said his client had been drinking.

Weisman said officials “need to be able to do their job without fear.” But he freed Blevins, ordering him to report to Arizona.

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