MA man with 'mindset of genius' arrested after Twitter threat to kill Obama 'even if it takes a lifetime'

A 28-year-old Massachusetts man is in custody after being arrested for making threats to kill President Barack Obama on Twitter.


Stephen Perrotti of Lawrence, Massachusetts, was taken into custody after he told local police and Secret Service agents that he wasn't going to lie, he had threatened the president, according to the Eagle-Tribune.

Perrotti came to the attention of the Secret Service when he posted, ""I am going to kill Obama even if it takes a lifetime," on one of his Twitter accounts.

The Twitter account, where Perrotti described himself as "just a jobless 26-year-old with the mindset of genius," contained multiple threats against the president as well as calling for impeachment.

While searching the house Perrotti shares with his mother, Lori Distasio, police discovered an unlicensed AR-15 assault rifle, three scopes, four high-capacity magazines, and ammunition.

Perrotti's mother allowed police officers to search her home, indicating that she was "disturbed" that her son was in possession of weapons.

"Also Mrs. Distasio expressed concern for her son's mental health, indicating she has done her best to get him help," stated a report by Lawrence Detective Thomas Burke.

Perrotti is currently charged with illegal possession of a firearm, illegal possession of a large capacity firearm, improper storage of large capacity firearm, illegal possession of a ammunition, illegal possession of an assault weapon, and four counts of illegal possession of a large capacity firearm or feeding device.

The Massachusetts man is currently being held without bail.

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