Washington man arrested for online threat against Obama

By Arturo Garcia
Wednesday, August 22, 2012 8:39 EDT
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A Seattle-area man was arrested Tuesday after emailing a threat against President Barack Obama to an FBI account.

According to KOMO-TV, Secret Service agents went to the Federal Way home of 31-year-old Anton Caluori immediately after the emails were intercepted. The nature of the threat was not revealed, but when authorities reached Caluori’s apartment, a local police spokesperson said, they got an unwelcome surprise.

“When the door opened, he was armed,” Cathy Shrock told KING-TV. “It was brandished at the federal agent and the federal police officer.”

Caluori was taken into custody and confiscated two weapons on the premises. A bomb squad was also called in to sweep the home for explosives following some comments by Caluori.

“He has a good education, he’s a good boy, but he’s done a stupid thing,” Caluori’s mother, Renee, told local media. “I don’t know a whole lot. How would you feel if your son got arrested? Never got arrested, was in the military, has a college education. And I’m just a little bit upset and shocked.”

Caluori is scheduled to appear in federal court Wednesday.

KOMO’s report on the arrest, aired Tuesday evening, can be seen below.

Arturo Garcia
Arturo Garcia
Arturo R. García is the managing editor at Racialicious.com. He is based in San Diego, California and has written for both print and broadcast media, including contributions to GlobalComment.com, The Root and Comment Is Free. Follow him on Twitter at @ABoyNamedArt
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