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FBI arrests man for threatening to behead Rep. Gabbard

By Gregg K. Kakesako

LAST UPDATED: 04:42 p.m. HST, Aug 29, 2013

The FBI today arrested a 43- year-old man, who had a history of harassing U.S. Rep. Tulsi Gabbard, in Mexico for threatening to decapitate the first-term congresswoman.

The arrest of Aniruddha Sherbow on Wednesday was announced in Washington, D.C. by FBI Assistant Agent in Charge Valerie Parlave and U.S. Capitol Police Chief Kim Dine. 

Sherbow was arrested in Tijuana by local authorities and turned over the FBI in San Diego where he was to make an initial court appearance Friday and later in Washington, D.C.

He is charged with transmission of threats in interstate commerce.

Gabbard, 32, is in the islands during Congress’ summer recess. Gabbard's press secretary, Heather Fluit, told the Associated Press that the congresswoman "is grateful for the work of the U.S. Capitol Police, FBI, and all law enforcement officers involved in this investigation."

Sherbow had been stalking Gabbard for nearly three years starting when she was a member of the Honolulu City Council.

In Honolulu, FBI Special Agent Tom Simon said, “The FBI hopes that this arrest gives Representative Gabbard some peace of mind and a greater feeling of safety as she represents the people of Hawaii in Congress.”

On Aug. 2, Sherbow sent an email to the FBI and several media outlets, including the Star-Advertiser, describing how he plans to decapitate Gabbard. 

In the long, rambling email Sherbow began his correspondence say: “ So it is about exactly a year ago that I sent Tulsi a message saying that my parents were dying, as a result of the character assassination she carried out on me, after I tried to help her. I had just spoken to both of my parents, and they sounded like crap. There had also been many other negative effects of Tulsi’s lies, such as damage to a number of relationships, and good people being fired because I couldn’t help.”

In his email, Sherbow mentioned other threats he made, expressing his frustration that she has allegedly never responded to his earlier correspondence.

Sherbow added: “ Last, but not least, I really was born into the same obscure Western-Hindu tradition as Tulsi, the Hare Krishna Movement, also known as the Brahma Madhva-Gaudiya Sampradaya. Because of this last connection, I think she is counting on me not hurting her. And she is right to count on it, because it is in fact very difficult for me to hurt her. However, we all have our limits, and I have reached mine. At this point, if you stuck Tulsi’s head in front of me, I’d have it off in two seconds flat.”

Gabbard was elected to Congress in 2012 as one of the first two female combat veterans. 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.

Sherbow then ended the August email, saying: “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.”

In March 24, 2011, Gabbard was granted a three-year injunction against Sherbow for allegedly making verbally abusive telephone calls and sending similar text messages to her.

Sherbow attended a meeting of the City Council in February 2011 when Gabbard was a member and sat in the same hearing room.

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

Gabbard told the Star-Advertiser that Sherbow, who would only identify himself as "Sphinx," first contacted her on her cellphone on Feb. 3, 2011 when he asked her if he could rent office space from her. 

When Gabbard declined, she said Sherbow called her again the next day and asked whether he could rent space to work out of her home.

On Feb. 6, 2011, Gabbard sent Sherbow a text stating, "I don't know what's going on, but please don't text me or call me again."

Gabbard said Sherbow’s communications escalated.

He had been "calling me numerous times, at strange hours."

“Later communications were extremely inappropriate, profane, vulgar and sexual in nature- basically, taking it as far as he could go." 

Gabbard said then that she contacted police after Sherbow's messages became more abusive, including one that said if she approached him he would force her to perform a sexual act

After Sherbow attended the Feb. 23, 2011 City Council meeting and kept moving about trying to get Gabbard’s attention, she talked to police after the meeting.

That prompted Sherbow to call her that night, leaving an angry, profane message.

Sherbow was arrested March 4, 2011 for allegedly harassing by stalking, which is misdemeanor. However, Sherbow reportedly fled the state before he was served with the criminal complaint.

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allie wrote:
on August 29,2013 | 07:30AM
OldDiver wrote:
I can think of a lot stupider things to do, but that list is short.
on August 29,2013 | 08:45AM
WooWoo wrote:
Finally OldDiver and I can agree on something!
on August 29,2013 | 10:38AM
aomohoa wrote:
That is allie's favorite expression. She/he has a limited vocabulary. Maybe it's better expressed better in Mandan.
on August 29,2013 | 11:52AM
Skyler wrote:
In this case, it's a fitting description of a stalking situation that escalated from infatuation to insanity.
on August 29,2013 | 04:26PM
kimo54 wrote:
This guy needs a straight jacket pinned around his head.
on August 29,2013 | 02:26PM
lokela wrote:
Some prison time for him.
on August 29,2013 | 07:37AM
HAJAA1 wrote:
What's a loser from Manoa doing in Tijuana??
on August 29,2013 | 07:54AM
Bdpapa wrote:
on August 29,2013 | 07:59AM
Anonymous wrote:
Hahaha. I get it!! Good one.
on August 29,2013 | 08:28AM
bullturd wrote:
I don't. Enlighten me.
on August 29,2013 | 10:16AM
Papakolea wrote:
HAJAA1 is saying this guy is Allie.
on August 29,2013 | 12:28PM
JBS wrote:
Yikes! (Another favorite one word post of the "Allie")
on August 29,2013 | 03:03PM
HawaiiCheeseBall wrote:
Angry he couldn't get a date with her...
on August 29,2013 | 08:38AM
2NDC wrote:
This guy has been messing with Gabbard for years. I'm glad they finally found something to charge him with. It was only a matter of time before his angry rants escalated into something criminal. Hope he gets locked up for an extended period of time. He is one scary creature!
on August 29,2013 | 08:48AM
allie wrote:
agree..frankly HPD did nothing in 2011 and things escalated.
on August 29,2013 | 11:09AM
JBS wrote:
How do you know HPD did nothing? Story says Gabbard talked to police on Feb. 23 and by March 4 the kook had fled Hawaii. Typical comment of your's blaming somebody else, in this case HPD, for no real reason. Yikes, hun.
on August 29,2013 | 03:06PM
allie wrote:
calm down
on August 29,2013 | 06:01PM
lynnh wrote:
Not that i condone his actions, but I have a question? On what authority does the United States have the right to arrest someone from out of country for making a threat?
on August 29,2013 | 08:49AM
2NDC wrote:
From what I understand he committed the crimes while in the U.S. With the cooperation of Mexican authorities, he can be arrested and brought back to the U.S. to face charges.
on August 29,2013 | 08:55AM
stingray65 wrote:
Because he is The Stupid American!!! The Law does not limit where you are located.
on August 29,2013 | 09:02AM
bullturd wrote:
Ask your Attorney!
on August 29,2013 | 10:14AM
allie wrote:
Extradition hon
on August 29,2013 | 11:09AM
lynnh wrote:
The other strange thing is: when do you ever hear them refer to Washington DC as the District of Columbia when referring to official matters? Sounds like the are trying to play on dumb peoples minds who donʻt know that they are not referring to a foreign country.
on August 29,2013 | 08:53AM
copperwire9 wrote:
Speaking of strange...
on August 29,2013 | 09:22AM
Skyler wrote:
on August 29,2013 | 04:28PM
stingray65 wrote:
on August 29,2013 | 08:59AM
Slow wrote:
Oooo, I love a man who can stand tall behind a keyboard! Irony is you may be promoting Shariah law. Standing tall with a really cool turban.
on August 29,2013 | 03:00PM
st1d wrote:
sherbow is dangerous. his delusions, stalking and patterns of threats have escalated to the point of murdering gabbard.

he needs to be under close supervision (locked up) to prevent him from harming gabbard as well as others he feels have disrespected him.

frightening to see his steady decline over the past four years.

on August 29,2013 | 09:15AM
allie wrote:
agree..lot of unstable people out there..lots
on August 29,2013 | 10:03AM
JBS wrote:
Pot...this is kettle...come in, please.
on August 29,2013 | 03:07PM
allie wrote:
on August 29,2013 | 06:01PM
Mei mei wrote:
can you say ... sociopath ~
on August 29,2013 | 11:07AM
Mythman wrote:
Paranoid schizophrenic?
on August 29,2013 | 12:07PM
saywhatyouthink wrote:
Sounds like a Gabbard has good reason to be afraid of this guy, he sounds crazy and likely dangerous. If he sent that email to the FBI knowing he would be arrested, I doubt he's bluffing. If he can't have her, he wants to make sure no one else does.
on August 29,2013 | 05:44PM
tiki886 wrote:
This comment has been deleted.
on August 29,2013 | 12:20PM
eoe wrote:
on August 29,2013 | 12:49PM
Slow wrote:
When apprehended he was listening to Rush Limbaugh.
on August 29,2013 | 03:09PM
mcc wrote:
Should have left him in the Tijuana jail.
on August 29,2013 | 10:42AM
cojef wrote:
No place to be, a Mexican prison is only for the strong, others mysteriously disappear or die.
on August 29,2013 | 11:32AM
Mythman wrote:
We could do a prisoner exchange, him for Dog and Beth...
on August 29,2013 | 12:09PM
Maneki_Neko wrote:
I really was born into the same obscure Western-Hindu tradition as Tulsi, the Hare Krishna Movement, also known as the Brahma Madhva-Gaudiya Sampradaya.

Is this at all accurate? Just curious. I remember the Hare Krishna guys out front of Liberty House in Waikiki with the flowers and the donation requests and then later in the parades- that was like 35 years ago.

on August 29,2013 | 11:25AM
Mythman wrote:
They are still around - Tulsi's dad was one of those guys.
on August 29,2013 | 12:09PM
Eradication wrote:
True to your name...
on August 29,2013 | 12:57PM
Anonymous wrote:
I cannot understand why anyone would give credibility to this man's clearly insane ramblings.
on August 29,2013 | 05:20PM
hanoz808 wrote:
on August 29,2013 | 12:11PM
entrkn wrote:
Hope this was not getting in the way of her running for the senate seat now held by Hirono...
on August 29,2013 | 12:27PM
HonoluluHawaii wrote:
Hirono will retire within five years so by default, the seat will be Tulsi's.
on August 29,2013 | 01:03PM
residenttaxpayer wrote:
Another nut job wacko......
on August 29,2013 | 12:41PM
HonoluluHawaii wrote:
Pic looks scary with fumanchu mustache.
on August 29,2013 | 01:02PM
iwanaknow wrote:
Behind his headshot, what's that all about?
on August 29,2013 | 01:16PM
Kaimiloa wrote:
Emblems of the local (Mexico) police organization and their "crimestoppers" hotline.
on August 29,2013 | 01:50PM
inverse wrote:
Does Gabbard have a con cealed carry permit in Hawaii? Would think Chief Kea loha would approved it for Gabbard, given her posiiton, the know threats against her life and her qualification to carry and use a sidearm from the National Guard.
on August 29,2013 | 02:42PM
aceman808 wrote:
This guy's elevator doesn't reach the top floor.
on August 29,2013 | 02:59PM
Skyler wrote:
ahaha thanks... never heard that one before.
on August 29,2013 | 04:30PM
residenttaxpayer wrote:
I doubt if it gets off the first floor....
on August 29,2013 | 09:07PM
Slow wrote:
Full-blown loony. Public figures are courageous. They are magnets for craziness. I hope that his activity was interstate enabled the FBI to step in.
on August 29,2013 | 03:13PM
Grimbold wrote:
That yuy should not have his picture in all the papers. That's what he wanted: Attention, recognition. If you want to kill someone you don't warn her in public.
on August 29,2013 | 07:58PM
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