NESCONSET, N.Y. — Police say an angry Long Island man nearly backed over a campaign worker after saying he wanted to kill supporters of President Donald Trump and U.S. Rep. Lee Zeldin, both Republicans.
Martin Astrof was charged Friday with making a terroristic threat and reckless endangerment. The 75-year-old was jailed overnight pending a Saturday arraignment.
Information on his lawyer wasn’t immediately available. A message on his home phone wasn’t immediately returned.
Suffolk County police say Astrof confronted a worker at Zeldin’s campaign headquarters and threatened to kill him and other supporters. Police say Astrof aggressively backed up his car and nearly struck the worker before zooming off.
He was arrested in front of his Nesconset home.
Zeldin, who’s represented parts of Long Island since 2015, said he’s faced threats since Trump’s election.