A retired firefighter was arrested for allegedly threatening to kidnap the mayor of Wichita, Kansas, police said on Friday.
A Sedgwick County Sheriff's Office booking record suggests that Dowty was booked into the county's adult detention center on Friday afternoon, with bail set at $50,000.
"He said he was going to kidnap me and slash my throat and he needed my address because I needed to see the hangman—me and everyone who, something about tyranny," said Whipple, a Democrat. "It sounded like the person was very upset about pretty much mask mandates and he said something about not being able to see his mother because of COVID restrictions on elderly homes."
The citywide mask ordinance, first enacted on July 3, requires Wichita residents to wear mask indoors in most cases, or outdoors where 6 feet of social distancing is not possible, with some exemptions including children 5 years old or under, those with medical or mental health conditions, and customers eating at restaurants. Individuals and businesses found not in compliance with the ordinance will be fined. A first notice is $25, a second notice is $50, and three or more notices will result in a $100 fine.