Faribault police investigate threats to Congressional candidate Jennifer Carnahan

FARIBAULT, Minn. (AP) – Congressional candidate Jennifer Carnahan says a man threatened her and swerved his car toward her while she was campaigning in Faribault. Carnahan called police after the run-in Tuesday while she was going door-to-door.

Police Chief John Sherwin said in a statement detectives have identified the man, contacted him at his Faribault area home and continue to investigate.

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(KSTP) – Police are investigating a claim by Republican congressional candidate Jennifer Carnahan that she was threatened by a man Tuesday evening while canvassing in Faribault.

In a statement, Carnahan alleged a young man “threatened my life” before he got in a car and swerved at her while she was walking on the 1000 block of First Street Southeast.

A Faribault police official confirmed Carnahan called 911 at 5:23 p.m. to report the incident but would not specify what kinds of threats were made toward her. It appeared Carnahan was alone when the incident occurred, police said.

Carnahan described the man to police as a man between 18 and 20 years old driving a blue Ford Focus.
“I sincerely thank the men and women of the Faribault Police Department and 911 call centers for responding immediately, helping me through a very scary encounter and all our law enforcement officers do to keep us safe,” Carnahan stated.

In a news release, Faribault Police Chief John Sherwin called the incident “unacceptable” and said efforts are underway to identify the person.

Carnahan, the widow of former U.S. Rep. Jim Hagedorn, is running in a special election to fill her late husband’s seat in Minnesota’s 1st Congressional District.