A National Guardsman has been arrested after threatening to kill Vice President Mike Pence for money.
William Robert Dunbar, 22, of Berlin, New Jersey, was arrested on Sept. 9 for comments he made prior to Pence's annual visit to the 9/11 memorial in Pennsylvania honoring the heroes of the Flight 93 crash, the Daily Mail reported.
According to Richland Township police, Dunbar was on duty at the Army National Guard Training Center when he threatened the vice president.
"If someone pays me enough money, I will kill the vice president," Dunbar reportedly said. Witnesses who contacted command officers said they heard Dunbar make the threat twice.
Dunbar was taken to Conemaugh Memorial Medical Center for evaluation before being booked into a county prison. His bond was set at $250,000. It is unknown at this time if Dunbar has an attorney.
Pence spoke to a crowd of about 1,000 attendees to honor the 33 passengers and seven flight crew members who died in the plane crash 16 years ago. He said he was in Washington as a member of Congress at the time, and had learned that the Capitol, which was just 12 minutes away, was a potential target of the hijacked plane.
“It was the longest 12 minutes of my life,” Pence said, according to USA Today. “But it turned to 13 minutes, then 14, and then we were informed that the plane had gone down in a field in Pennsylvania.”
Pence called the efforts by the people on the plane who revolted against the terrorist hijackers “a debt I don’t think I’ll ever be able to repay.” He praised them for their bravery and credited them with saving his life.
"Without regard to personal safety, they rushed forward to save lives," Pence said. "I will always believe that I and many others in our nation's capital were able to go home that day and hug our families because of the courage and sacrifice of the heroes of Flight 93.
“They were ordinary people. But on that day, they became extraordinary.”
The visit to the 9/11 memorial in Pennsylvania marked Pence's first since becoming vice president. On behalf of President Donald Trump, Pence promised that the United States military will “hunt down and destroy” ISIS “at their source.”
Pence said America will "remain engaged in Afghanistan until we eliminate the terrorist threat to our homeland and our people once and for all.”
“We will drive the cancer of terrorism from the face of the earth,” Pence added.