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Rowland Edwin Dodge Jr., 62. (Source: Mecklenburg County Sheriff's Office)

MATTHEWS, N.C. — A North Carolina man is facing federal charges after police say he called and threatened to kill a U.S. senator from Connecticut.

According to documents obtained by WBTV, 62-year-old Rowland Edwin Dodge Jr. called the office of U.S. Senator Richard Blumenthal last Wednesday around 12:10 p.m.

Dodge first spoke with an intern who told him Sen. Blumenthal was unavailable to take his call.

Then, according to documents, Dodge said, “Tell Sen. Blumenthal that if he raises my taxes one cent, just one penny, that I will kill that mother [expletive]. I will shoot his mother [expletive] brains out.”

The intern said Dodge hung up when she asked for his name and zip code.

After reporting the incident to Capitol Police, FBI agents tracked the call to Dodge’s home.

Last Thursday, Dodge admitted the number from the telephone records was, in fact, his home number.

Dodge was arrested on charges of threatening to assault, kidnap or murder a United States official.

He is being held in the Mecklenburg County Jail.