A South Florida nurse who threatened to kill Vice President Kamala Harris and claimed “someone paid me $53,000 just to f— [Harris] up” has been arrested on federal charges, US authorities said.
The woman, 39-year-old Niviane Petit Phelps, of Miami Gardens, was arrested following an investigation by the U.S. Secret Service. She faces charges of threats against the vice president, according to a criminal complaint.
According to the complaint, Phelps had sent videos to her husband, who is imprisoned in Crawfordville, through a computer application that allows families to connect with prisoners.
In the videos, Phelps is seen “complaining and speaking angrily to the camera about her hatred for President Joe Biden and Vice President Kamala Harris, among others,” the complaint said.
But in February, Phelps began to make statements about killing Harris, the complaint said.
“Kamala Harris you are going to die. Your days are numbered already. Someone paid me $53,000 just to f— you up and I’m gonna take the, I’m gonna do the job, okay,” Phelps said in one video, according to the complaint.
In another, she talks about going to a shooting range, according to the complaint.
“I’m going to the gun range, just for your ass, until you f—in leave the chair,” she allegedly said.
The complaint said investigators also found a photo that showed Phelps at a shooting range, holding a pistol and smiling next to a target with bullet holes.
Phelps later told investigators she was angry about Harris becoming vice president but was “over it now,” the complaint said.
In a statement, Jackson Health said Phelps has worked for them since 2001, spending the past couple years as a licensed practical nurse at the Ambulatory Care Center West at Jackson Memoria Medical Center.
“She has been suspended without pay while we process her employment termination,” the hospital system’s statement read.
A now suspended @JacksonHealth nurse is accused of threatening to kill Vice President Kamala Harris, getting a concealed carry permit & practicing at the range for this crime. The Secret Service arrested her Thursday. Here is some of the criminal complaint. @wsvn pic.twitter.com/7ClXcQ15Lp
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