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Authorities investigating Maryland incident involving apparent attempt to intimidate voters

The Secret Service is involved because the letter specifically threatened Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden and vice presidential nominee Sen. Kamala Harris.

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Police and the Secret Service are investigating an incident in Maryland involving an apparent attempt to intimidate voters with the delivery of a threatening letter.

The Secret Service is involved because the letter specifically threatened Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden and vice presidential nominee Sen. Kamala Harris.

Like people in many communities, residents in Frederick show their political preferences through yard signs.

But early last Sunday morning at a home with Biden-Harris signs in the yard, a man walked up to the door and left behind a warning.

"The beginning of the letter makes some general threats about people supporting particular candidates," Frederick Police Lt. Kirk Henneberry said.

The letter warned, "If you are a Biden-Harris supporter, you will be targeted. We have a list of homes by your election signs. We will not comply or give anything up, especially our guns."

The writer threatens to shoot and kill former Arizona Rep. Gabby Giffords, who was wounded in a 2011 mass shooting that left six people dead. She's now a gun control advocate.

The writer threatens to beat Biden and rape Harris and execute both on national TV.

The letter has been shared with the Secret Service.

"Our concern is we give that information to the authorities, the Secret Service, and make sure they have all the information they need to follow up and investigate," Henneberry said.

The incident was condemned by both local parties.

"The entire Frederick County Democratic Central Committee condemns these threats of violence in the strongest possible terms and sends our heartfelt good wishes to the residents whose peace has been violated in such an unsettling manner," Deborah Carter, chairwoman of the Frederick County Democratic Central Committee, said in a statement.

"We call on everyone to respect others' private property rights and their First Amendment right to display their support for the candidate of their choice," Steven Clark, chairman of the Frederick County Republican Central Committee, said in a statement.

Police said the targeted homeowners do not recognize the man captured on doorbell surveillance video. So far, no similar incident has been reported.