Suspect charged in connection with incidents at Rep. Reed's office, home last year
A Watkins Glen man has been arrested for allegedly leaving threatening messages and a dead animal at U.S. Rep. Tom Reed’s private residence and for breaking a window at the congressman’s campaign office during his re-election race last year.
Jack L. Kahabka, 21, was taken into custody by the Corning Police Department Thursday morning and charged with making terroristic threats and third-degree criminal mischief. Both charges are felonies.
Police said Kahabka was arrested without incident. He was being held in the Steuben County Jail before appearing before a judge in the county’s Centralized Arraignment Court. Police said they expect Kahabka to be released following his arraignment.
Authorities said the charges are connected to a pair of separate incidents last year as Reed ran for a sixth term in the U.S. House of Representatives.
On Aug 26, 2020, Corning City Police and New York State Police responded to 115 W. Market St., Reed’s campaign headquarters, for a report of a broken front window. Investigators determined someone had thrown an object through the window and then fled the scene.
A felony complaint filed by Corning police accuses Kahabka of breaking the window with a brick, resulting in more than $250 in damages.
Then on Oct. 23, 2020, police investigated a complaint of a dead animal and a brick being left at Reed’s Corning residence. The Corning Police Department processed the scene and turned over evidence for analysis at the New York State Police Crime Lab in Albany.
According to a Corning Police Department felony complaint, Kahabka allegedly left a dead rat with a ligature around its neck at the front doorstep of Reed’s home. The complaint also says Kahabka left behind a brick with an attached note threatening harm to Reed, Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi, Donald Trump and Joe Biden.
Reed, a Republican, represents New York's 23rd Congressional District. He won re-election last year but announced in March that he will not run for Congress again, or for governor in 2022, after a woman accused him of inappropriate touching at a bar four years ago.
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