Obama threats bring arrest
WASHINGTONAn armed man was arrested in the western United States on Aug. 21 for allegedly sending an email that threatened President Barack Obama, a justice official told Agence France-Presse.
“He had sent an emailed threat against the president,” said Emily Langlie, a spokeswoman for the U.S. Attorney’s Office in Washington state, confirming that the man was detained at a suburban apartment in Seattle. “When the Secret Service and local police went to his apartment to investigate, they discovered that he was armed, he was taken into custody without incident.”
Two weapons, bomb confiscated
Law enforcement officers were searching the house for weapons and suspicious material, Langlie said. ABC News affiliate KOMO reported on its website that two weapons were confiscated and that a bomb unit was called in “out of an abundance of caution.” Obama, who was campaigning in the state of Ohio on Aug. 21, has previously been the subject of threats and has received security protection from the Secret Service since becoming a presidential candidate in 2007.
In one such case, a man named Oscar Ramiro Ortega-Hernandez was accused of shooting at the White House last November.