June 22 – A Colorado man was arrested after apparently making hundreds of calls to the Boulder office of U.S. Representative Joe Neguse threatening the congressman and his aides.
Travis David Chaudoir, 46, was charged Wednesday with criminal harassment – repeated communication; reprisals against an elected official; and harassment.
According to an affidavit, the charges stem from calls Chaudoir made to Neguse’s office in Boulder and to his office in Washington, DC, in May.
Employees at the Boulder office said they received hundreds of calls in just one hour, with Chaudoir telling staff he was picking them up and would be in the parking lot.
Boulder office staff were sent home for the day due to the nature of the calls and security concerns.
Chaudoir was taken into custody on Friday and detectives were told he made additional calls to Neguse’s office earlier in the day.
According to the affidavit, the police have copies of voicemail messages left by Chaudoir in which he can be heard saying, “I want you all dead”; “If I see one of you in the street, I’ll take you down a dark alley”; and “You all need to burn in hell.”
Officials in Neguse’s office did not comment on the matter.
While Boulder County District Attorney Michael Dougherty said he could not comment on a specific ongoing case, he noted that retaliation against an elected official was added in 2021 to a crimes law that already protected the judges.
“If an individual makes a credible threat against an elected official, it is a criminal offense in the state of Colorado,” Dougherty said. “In general, this type of conduct is taken very seriously by law enforcement and by our office. However, I cannot discuss the specifics of an ongoing case.”
Chaudoir has previous convictions in Boulder County for attempted trespassing and threatening felony charges, according to online court records.
He remains in custody on $50,000 bail and is scheduled to appear for a preliminary hearing on July 14.