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Federal Way Man Accused of Threatening Obama

Liz Jones

Federal prosecuters in Seattle have charged a local man who allegedly threatened to kill President Barack Obama. The suspect appeared in federal court in Seattle Wednesday. KUOW's Liz Jones has more.


Authorities located the suspect Tuesday at his apartment in Federal Way. The Secret Service and local police knocked on his door. They say they knocked and announced themselves for about three minutes. Then, they say, Anton Calouri opened the door.

Emily Langlie: "Ammunition strapped across his chest and a sawed–off shotgun being held behind his back."

That's Emily Langlie. She's with the US Department of Justice in Seattle.

Langlie: "He raised the gun, pointing it at the officers. They quickly grabbed it, they subdued him, they wrestled it from his hands."

Langlie says the nature of Calouri's alleged threat also prompted a search of his home.

Langlie: "Because of some of the things he said, they checked to see if there were explosives in the apartment. They did not find any explosives."

But Langlie says they did find other high–powered weapons.

Charging documents say Calouri sent the FBI an email from his personal Hotmail account. In his message, federal agents say he threatened to kill the president, and that he included his home address and said, "Come get me."

Calouri's attorney has requested a mental–health evaluation for him.

Calouri is scheduled for a detention hearing Monday in Seattle. The charges against him carry a prison sentence of up to 20 years.

The US Attorney's Office in Seattle also confirms that Calouri has served in the Navy.

I'm Liz Jones, KUOW News.

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