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.