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  One arrested in threat to kidnap and kill Wichita mayor over COVID-19 mask mandate
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Last EditedRP  Oct 17, 2020 09:17am
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AuthorChance Swaim, Dion Lefler, and Michael Stavola
News DateSaturday, October 17, 2020 12:15:00 AM UTC0:0
DescriptionA Wichita man has been arrested on suspicion of threatening to kidnap and kill Wichita Mayor Brandon Whipple over frustrations with the city’s mask ordinance, the mayor and police said Friday afternoon.

Meredith Dowty, 59, was booked into Sedgwick County Jail at 6:05 p.m., Friday, booking reports show. Police confirmed he is the suspect and said he could face a charge of criminal threat.

The apparent motive was the suspect’s opposition to “masks and tyranny,” Whipple said.

“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,” Whipple said.
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