Man Jailed In Threat To Kill Texas Senator, Blow Up The Sun

HOUSTON (June 18, 2013)—Nick Gates, 37 of Houston, was jailed Tuesday, accused of threatening to kidnap, murder and burn U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Texas, of Texas and his father and also to "blow up" the sun if he wasn't paid $3 million.

Gates was being held Tuesday in the Harris County jail in lieu of $10,000 bond charged with making a terroristic threat.

Investigators allege that threatening phone calls made June 5 to Cruz's offices in Austin and San Antonio were traced back to Gates.

Court documents show Gates admitted to FBI agents he made the calls and that Cruz was told he had a choice--give Gates the money or "lose the sun."

Gates told agents he had been hospitalized at the Harris County Mental Health Center.