A 45-year-old Blaine, Minn. man has been charged with using someone else's computer to threaten the vice president of the United States and others.
According to the charges filed in U.S. District Court, Barry Vincent Ardolf allegedly used another man's identity to gain access to a protected computer on Feb. 22, 2009. On May 6, 2009, he sent a threat to Vice President Joseph Biden.
The charges say the threat stated, in part: "This is a terrorist threat! Take this seriously. I hate the way you people are spending money you don't have ... I'm assigning myself to be judge, jury and executioner. Since you folks have spent what you don't have, it's time to pay the ultimate price." The threat includes some profanity, then continues: "I'll kill you all one at a time. I'll take any opportunity I can get so better have eyes on the back of your heads. You guys better start watching your back. I'm coming for you all. I swear to God I'm going to kill you! ... The first one of you will be dead by June 1."
Ardolf was charged with one count of aggravated identity theft and one count of threats to the president and successors to the presidency in a felony information filed Monday. An information charge usually means that a suspect has agreed to plead guilty.