Police Investigate Possible Plot To Kill Obama
DENVER, Colo. (CBS) ― Law enforcement authorities have arrested two men in connection with a possible assassination plot against Sen. Barack Obama at the Democratic Convention in Denver, CBS station KCNC-TV reported Monday.
Police in Aurora, Colo. made a routine traffic stop at 2:38 a.m. Sunday and arrested 28-year-old Tharin Gartrell, according to the Arapahoe County Sheriff's Office. Two rifles and methamphetamine were found in the rented pickup truck he was driving. Another law enforcement source says at least one of the rifles was a "sniper rifle."
A second source told CBS station KCNC-TV reporter Brian Maass that authorities told officers they are concerned they may have come upon a possible "assassination plot." Gatrill declined the station's request for an interview.
That arrest then led authorities to a second man staying at the Cherry Creek Hotel in Glendale, Colo. When authorities knocked on the man's door, they say he jumped out of his sixth floor window, landing on an awning and running from the scene. They say they soon found him with a broken ankle. He too was arrested.
Its unclear precisely why authorities suspect the men were targeting Barack Obama, but one of the officer's who was briefed says he was told at least one of the suspects made statements to that effect.
The Secret Service, ATF and the FBI are all involved in the investigation. A Secret Service spokesman says the agency is concerned by the proximity to the Democratic National Convention and the items found in the man's car.
No matter what your views, assassination is unacceptable in America.
KUSA-TV claims three men are in custody after a routine traffic stop in Aurora (near Denver) turned up two rifles, high-powered scopes, ammo and meth. The man in the car led authorities to a hotel where another suspect jumped out of a fourth floor window in an attempt to escape.A third guy was busted at another hotel but the info on him is sketchy.The arrests went down yesterday. The TV station says sources said "Two of the men had tattoos and jewelry popular with white supremacists." (TMZ)
According CBS4, "one of the officers who was briefed says he was told at least one of the suspects made statements to that effect" that the pair was planning to assassinate Democratic nominee Barack Obama.
The hotel where the pair of would-be assassins' was staying: the Cherry Creek Hotel at 600 South Colorado Boulevard in Glendale.
The hotel where NEWSWEEK's entire convention team is staying: the Cherry Creek Hotel at 600 South Colorado Boulevard in Glendale. (Andrew Romano, Newsweek)
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