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US man charged for Obama death threat email

23 august 2012, 16:21
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US President Barack Obama. ©AFP
US President Barack Obama. ©AFP
An armed man who allegedly made a death threat against US President Barack Obama in an expletive-filled email was charged Wednesday over the incident, AFP reports citing court papers.

Anton Calouri, 31, is accused of threatening to kill the president and of assaulting a law enforcement official at the time of his arrest Tuesday in Federal Way, a suburb of Seattle, Washington.

"I will kill the president!!!!! 'I' Don't give a Fuck... But You Know That!!!!" Calouri allegedly wrote in an email to the Federal Bureau of Investigation.

"COME GET ME... 'I' WON'T FIGHT AGAINST YOU... 'I' WANT YOU TO COME AND GET ME."

According to court papers, Secret Service agents and federal police stormed Calouri's apartment after he sent the threatening email to an FBI office.

"Recent national events are a stark reminder that we must take these threats of death or violence seriously," said US Attorney Jenny Durkan.

"This case had all the troubling ingredients: threats of violence and explosive devices, multiple weapons with hundreds of rounds and even brandishing of a weapon at law enforcement."

Calouri was armed when he was arrested. Obama, who was campaigning in Ohio on Tuesday, did not appear to be in any immediate danger.

ABC News affiliate KOMO reported that two weapons were confiscated at Calouri's home and that a bomb unit was called "out of an abundance of caution."

Obama 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, Oscar Ramiro Ortega-Hernandez was accused of shooting at the White House in November. He was subsequently charged with the attempted assassination of the president.

Obama and his wife Michelle were in California at the time of that incident, and no one was injured.

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