Internet death threat to Obama leads to Southern Californian mans arrest

January 10th, 2009 - 2:57 pm ICT by ANI  

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Washington, January 10 (ANI): An Internet threat to kill U.S. President-elect Barack Obama has led to the arrest on a Southern Californian man.
Walter Edward Bagdasarian, 47, has been charged with expressing displeasure over Barack Obama’’s candidacy, and predicting that “he will have a 50 cal in the head soon,” in a racist note posted to a Yahoo message board in October.
Court records reveal that Secret Service agents, upon raiding Bagdasarians La Mesa home in November, found an arsenal of six weapons.
The documents further reveal that Bagdasarian had three handguns and three rifles, including a 30.06 with a telescopic sight and a Remington .50 caliber muzzle-loading rifle.
U.S. Secret Service agents in Los Angeles traced the post to Bagdasarian through the IP address. When they interviewed him, Bagdasarian reportedly admitted authoring the message.
Bagdasarian, who was released last month on a 100,000-dollar real estate bond, is not accused of actually plotting against Obama.
His attorney was unavailable for comment. (ANI)

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