Amherst man allegedly threatens members of Congress

CONCORD – An Amherst resident identified as Ryder B. Winegar, 33, has been taken into custody by federal agents for allegedly leaving threatening voicemails at the offices of six members of Congress, officials said.

Winegar made the alleged threats on Dec. 16-17, about three weeks before a pro-president Trump mob invaded the U.S. Capitol building in a deadly attack that is being referred to as an insurrection.

U.S. Attorney for New Hampshire Scott W. Murray, who released a statement Monday afternoon regarding Winegar’s arrest, didn’t say whether authorities have any information or evidence that Winegar was in Washington D.C. last week, or was involved in the insurrection itself.

Murray didn’t provide Winegar’s street address, but Amherst property tax records list a Ryder B. Winegar and Patricia A. Winegar as owners of a home at 35 Juniper Drive.

According to Murray, Winegar, in some of the voicemails, allegedly “identified himself by name or identified his telephone number.

“The voicemails threatened to hang the members of Congress if they did not ‘get behind Donald Trump,'” Murray said.

Murray, who didn’t identify any of the lawmakers Winegar allegedly threatened, cited one example in which Winegar allegedly said “I got some advice for you. Here’s the advice: Donald Trump is your president. If you don’t get behind him, we’re going to hang you until you die.”

Dean Shalhoup may be reached at 594-1256 or dshalhoup@nashuatelegraph.com.