Police: Washington Twp. man told Perry 'You deserve to have your head taken off'

Harper Ho
York Dispatch

A Washington Township man has been charged with harassment after U.S. Rep. Scott Perry received some threatening messages that referenced the Capitol riot in early January, according to state police.

Mark S. Malinowski, 64, of the 100 block of Roland Road, faces a misdemeanor charge of harassment by communication with lewd, threatening language. Court records show Malinowski hadn't been arraigned as of Thursday afternoon.

Pennsylvania State Police filed the charge Wednesday with District Judge Richard T. Thomas, according to a department news release.

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Police said Perry's district director of law enforcement contacted them Jan. 12 regarding four emails and two voicemails left at the congressman's office, according to the criminal complaint.

The messages were sent to Perry, R-Carroll Township, from Dec. 4 to Jan. 9, according to charging documents, which said they became increasingly threatening in nature.

"It's just reprehensible that you, being former military and supposedly honorable what you are doing. It's just unbelievable. You are subverting your constituents, and you are a useless lump of flesh. If I saw you in the street I wouldn't even spit on you. I will make sure you don't get in this office again, you scumbag," one December voicemail said, according to charging documents.

A January voicemail blamed Perry for the Jan. 6 attack on the U.S. Capitol.

"Scott Perry, you're a douchebag. You're responsible for the (expletive) that went on at the Capitol today. And you know, just rot in hell, and if I see you in person, I'm not going to be responsible for my actions. You deserve to have your head taken off," charging documents state.

Malinowski allegedly also sent an email with the subject "Assault on the Capitol." 

"Look at what you have helped cause you (expletive) hump. (Expletive) you and all you (expletive) seditious Republicans. If I ever see you in person, I will not be responsible for my actions," charging documents state.

Police said Malinowski admitted to creating the voicemails and emails when questioned Jan. 15.

"Congressman Perry and his staff are tremendously grateful for the amazing and thorough work done once again by the professionals at the Pennsylvania State Police and York County District Attorney," said Jay Ostrich, Perry's communications director.

Malinowski could not be reached for comments. 

Perry represents the 10th District, which includes northern York County and Dauphin County.  

In this image from video, Rep. Scott Perry, R-Pa., speaks as the House debates the objection to confirm the Electoral College vote from Pennsylvania, at the U.S. Capitol early Thursday, Jan. 7, 2021. (House Television via AP)