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Man allegedly left threatening message on Gabbard's cell phone

By Star-Advertiser staff

LAST UPDATED: 03:12 p.m. HST, Aug 30, 2013

The man arrested for allegedly threatening Hawaii U.S. Rep. Tulsi Gabbard left a vulgar tirade on her cell phone voicemail a day before he sent a mass email vowing to decapitate the congresswoman, according to a criminal complaint unsealed today.

Aniruddha Sherbow, 43, appeared in U.S. District Court in San Diego today to face charges of transmission of threats in interstate commerce.

He is accused of making vulgar and threatening phone calls to Gabbard that date back to 2011 when she was a member of the Honolulu City Council. He was arrested in Tijuana, Mexico, Wednesday. 

A judge set a detention hearing for Sherbow for Sept. 12 in San Diego to determine how he will be taken to Washington, D.C., to face charges. He remains in custody.

Gabbard said today she is "very relieved and really just grateful for the tremendous work that has been done by multiple law enforcement agencies."  

In a court document, a U.S. Capitol Police investigator said Sherbow left a message on the congresswoman's cellular phone on Aug. 1 threatening to "mash" her face to a "pulp" and kill her.

Gabbard was able to identify Sherbow's voice because of previous interactions, the affidavit said.

Sherbow's parents confirmed that the voice on the phone message appeared to be their son and that he had sent a threatening e-mail the next day. They told law enforcement that Sherbow was in Mexico.

On Aug. 2 the FBI and several media outlets, including the Star-Advertiser, received an email from someone named Rudy S, describing how he planned to decapitate Gabbard.

The email ended: "I, Aniruddha Sherbow, with the Divine as my witness, do hereby solemnly vow to find Tulsi Gabbard, wheresoever she may be, and to sever her head from her body.

"Everybody happy now?

"Now I suppose the FBI agents who were waiting for one of my parents to die can go ahead and file the terroristic threatening charges against me."

Gabbard was elected to Congress in 2012 as one of the first two female combat veterans elected to that body. She is the first Hindu and first female of Samoan ancestry to serve in Congress. She is still a captain the Hawaii Army National Guard.

On March 24, 2011, Gabbard was granted a three-year injunction against Sherbow, who allegedly made verbally abusive telephone calls and sent her similar text messages.

He attended a meeting of the Honolulu City Council in February 2011 when Gabbard was a member, showing up in a hearing room where she was.

At that time Gabbard said she did not know Sherbow, but said he had contacted her more than 35 times from Feb. 3 to Feb. 23, 2011.

Sherbow Criminal Complaint by staradvertiser

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cojef wrote:
Any background information on this fruit-cake? Who is he?
on August 30,2013 | 02:19PM
poipoo wrote:
Just another schitzo off his meds, obviously.
on August 30,2013 | 02:24PM
islandhula wrote:
http://www.civilbeat.com/articles/2013/08/29/19790-man-arrested-in-tijuana-for-allegedly-threatening-hawaii-rep-gabbard/ Here's a Civil Beat article that has a lot of background information on the guy and what happened.
on August 30,2013 | 02:32PM
LanaAloha wrote:
Wow his parents were the ones who confirmed it was their son? They must be trying to stop him before it's too late.
on August 30,2013 | 03:01PM
QueSeraSera wrote:
yeah. that's right. He reminds me of the guy from Hawaii who killed John Lennon. That guy was obsessed with Lennon as this guy is with Tulsi.
on August 30,2013 | 03:22PM
QueSeraSera wrote:
This is the same guy who threatened Tulsi back when she was a City Council member. He was given a restraining order, but ran away - apparently to Mexico. From a Civil beat article "The picture that emerges from those emails is of a man (Sherbow) who felt slighted by Gabbard." So he decided to threaten to kill her Real nut job
on August 30,2013 | 03:05PM
Hawaiians wrote:
Now this brings back something my Auntie always told me "a picture is worth a thousands words", check out his pic it says it all bra, looks like a real crazy!
on August 30,2013 | 05:21PM
Hawaiians wrote:
This isn't the story of a Cyber-bully who made slurs against a Congress Woman in order to get himself some media attention, no this is alot more serious than that. When someone threatens to kill a Congress Woman and goes into describing how he intends to do it by making a bold "I intend to murder My Congress Woman" declaration and then sends the email out to several media out-lets and CC's the FBI (lol) there is no doubt about it, this man is seriously dangerous and with intent to kill. The severe death threats this man made will hopefully haunt him for many years to come in the way of some serious jail time! For the safety of all he should be held to the full extent of the law ...and then some more!
on August 30,2013 | 05:13PM
Johnmakiki wrote:
http://tpmmuckraker.talkingpointsmemo.com/2013/08/aniruddha_sherbow_tulsi_gabbard.php This is an article posted by Drudge Report from TCM on this story, for those who want a little more depth than this story. I wonder why Rep. Gabbard doesn't want to respond to the question if she is a follower of her father and mother's former (?)guru Butler ? I am sure her constituents would be interested.
on August 30,2013 | 02:24PM
LanaAloha wrote:
Maybe because the death threats have nothing to do with people's bigoted comments about her personal beliefs.
on August 30,2013 | 02:54PM
QueSeraSera wrote:
huh? Respond to a physco. Whatever dude. You obviously have never experienced being stalked & threatened.
on August 30,2013 | 03:09PM
Skyler wrote:
In case you missed it, the guy emailed the FBI saying he was going to cut off her head. You still want to talk to him?
on August 30,2013 | 03:40PM
iwanaknow wrote:
Behind his head shot is P E P what is that?
on August 30,2013 | 03:07PM
LanaAloha wrote:
It's in Spanish so I guess they took the photo in Mexico.
on August 30,2013 | 03:32PM
Skyler wrote:
According to wiki - PEP is the law enforcement in Mexico, so I guess that is their logo.
on August 30,2013 | 03:45PM
entrkn wrote:
The guy sounds like he is Taliban.
on August 30,2013 | 04:05PM
skeleton wrote:
Bet you Tulsi can kick his butt.
on August 30,2013 | 04:13PM
Iuki wrote:
Someone on the news said he would be locked up for five years. What is Tulsi supposed to do after that? I assume she knows how to protect herself, since she's Army, but it has to be unnerving to know this guys can go free again.
on August 30,2013 | 05:17PM
LanaAloha wrote:
I agree - that's why I keep saying keeping him in a mental institution seems like the better option. 5 years of abuse in the prisons planning his retaliation on her; scary when he gets out.
on August 30,2013 | 05:47PM
Skyler wrote:
Maybe they'll bring back the lobotomy... I heard it does wonders for facial hair.
on August 30,2013 | 06:23PM
kainalu wrote:
When you consider the firearm attack on Congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords that left several people dead including a child, Law Enforcement needs to take all these threats seriously.
on August 30,2013 | 06:49PM
brusselsprouts wrote:
The PEP image if for the Baja State Police of Mexico which Tijuana falls under. You then have the municipal and federal police. Hopefully this guy gets tucked away somewhere for a long long time and our CW can sleep a lil better at night. High security mental institution sounds about right.
on August 30,2013 | 07:21PM
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on August 30,2013 | 08:14PM
Skyler wrote:
Anyone who threatens to cut someone's head off doesn't deserve his words to be taken seriously, imho. Their reputation hasn't been ruined; his parents are dismayed at his behavior.
on August 30,2013 | 10:39PM
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