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Capitol Police probing death threats against Va. GOP congressman

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Published: May. 11, 2017 at 2:36 PM EDT
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Capitol Police are investigating threats against a Republican congressman from Virginia who received a threatening message on Facebook.

A spokesman for Rep. Tom Garrett says the threat was sent to his campaign's Facebook page and that a prior threat was called into Garrett's office in Washington a few weeks ago.

Garrett spokesman Andrew Griffin told the Lynchburg News and Advance that the Capitol Police are working with social media and technology companies to identify the person who made the most recent threat, which came from a fake Facebook account.

Officials believe the caller is from Fluvanna County.

The paper said Garrett told reporters at a town hall on Tuesday that the threats had prompted a beefed-up law enforcement presence at the event.

No arrests have been made at this time, and Capitol Police spokeswoman said the department does not comment on pending investigations.