Houston man accused of threatening US Senator Ted Cruz and family

June 18, 2013 1:18:26 PM PDT
A man is facing charges, accused of threatening Senator Ted Cruz and his family in order to get three million dollars.

Investigators say Nick Gates from Houston, called Cruz's offices in Austin and San Antonio, saying he'd kidnap and kill Cruz and his father if he didn't get the money. Court documents show Gates claimed the sun would blow up and he'd be able to prevent it with the cash.

Federal agents say Gates has previously spent time in a mental health facility.

Gates, 37, is charged with making a terroristic threat.

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