Toronto police revealed Thursday they arrested a man two weeks ago and charged him with threatening the city's mayor.

Anthony Vella, 56, of Toronto was arrested July 14 and charged with one count of threatening death.

Police said the man phoned the city's information line and never spoke directly with the mayor.

Asked about the threat Thursday, Mayor Rob Ford said he didn't take it "that seriously."

A police spokesman told CBC News he believes it is the first time anyone has made a threat against the mayor since he took office last year.