Toronto man charged after Rob Ford gets death threat
Published Thursday, July 28, 2011 5:25PM EDT
A 56-year-old Toronto man has been charged in connection to a death threat against Mayor Rob Ford earlier this month.
Ford confirmed the arrest on Thursday, telling reporters at City Hall that he would leave the matter in the hands of police.
"I can't remember exactly what happened, and I don't want to get too far into it," Ford said during a brief break from a day-long executive committee meeting. "I'll let the police deal with it. I didn't take it that seriously."
Following Ford's comments, Toronto police confirmed that a man had been arrested on the evening of July 14, after threats were made on the city's 311 information line early that morning.
Anthony Vella, 56, of Toronto, has been charged with one count of threatening death.
He appeared in court on July 15.
On Thursday, Ford was leading a marathon executive committee meeting focused on a series of potential budget and service cuts across the city.
More than 300 residents had signed up to voice their opinion on the service cuts.