A 39-year-old nurse from the United States identified as Niviane Petit Phelps was arrested by the United States Secret Service for threatening to kill the Vice President of the United States, Kamala Harris.
Niviane Petit Phelps was arrested following an investigation by the United States Secret Service.
According to a criminal complaint filed in the United States District Court for the Southern District of Florida, on March 3, Special Agent David Ballenger was notified of a death threat to Harris.
The threats were sent by Phelps to her incarcerated spouse at Wakulla Correctional Institution through JPay, a computer application that allows media sharing between incarcerated and non-incarcerated people.
A Secret Service special agent assigned to the case obtained the videos and photographs that Phelps sent to his spouse.
“Niviane Petit Phelps knowingly and deliberately made threats to kill and inflict bodily harm on the Vice President of the United States in violation of Title 18, Section 871 of the United States Code,” from February 13 to February 18, according to the complaint.
“The videos (which are relevant to this investigation) generally show Phelps complaining and speaking angrily to the camera about her hatred for President Joe Biden and Vice President Kamala Harris, among others,” the complaint reads. “However, in these videos, Phelps also made statements about the assassination of Vice President Harris.”
In one of the videos, “Phelps said,” Kamala Harris, you’re going to die. Your days are already numbered ”, added the complaint. In another video from February 18, Phelps stated, “I’m going to the shooting range. … I swear to God, today is your day you’re going to die. 50 days from today, write this day down.” Phelps expressed how she believes Harris is not really “black” and how during the inauguration she disrespectfully put her hand in his tote bag instead of the Bible.
The complaint said investigators also found a photo showing Phelps at a shooting range, holding a pistol and smiling next to a target with bullet holes. He also applied for a concealed weapons permit in February, according to the complaint.
On March 3, the Secret Service and detectives from the Miami-Dade Police Department went to Phelps’ residence to interview her, but she refused to speak with them at the time, according to the complaint.
On March 6, a Secret Service agent went to speak with Phelps at her home. According to the complaint, Phelps said, “She was angry at the time about Kamala Harris becoming Vice President but that she is ‘over it now.’
Harris, 56, is the first woman, the first Black American, and the first South Asian American to be elected Vice President.