Wash. man due in court in alleged Obama threat
A view of the apartment in Federal Way, Wash., where authorities swept for explosives after arresting a man for emailing threats against President Obama. / KIRO-TV
(CBS/AP) FEDERAL WAY, Wash. - A Washington state man accused of making an email threat against President Barack Obama and brandishing a shotgun at officers who came to his door is scheduled to appear in federal court.
Secret Service spokesman Brian Leary says 31-year-old Anton Caluori was arrested Tuesday at an apartment in Federal Way for investigation of making threats against the president and assault on a federal officer.
U.S. attorney's spokeswoman Emily Langlie says the threat was sent to a general purpose FBI email address.
A Secret Service agent and a Federal Way police officer went to an apartment, knocked and announced themselves for about three minutes, then found themselves facing a man armed with a shotgun when the door opened.
No one was hurt as he was taken into custody. But, as he was being arrested, Caluori allegedly made remarks to the authorities suggesting there could be explosives in the apartment, forcing police to search the building. No explosives were found.
Officials confiscated two weapons from the man at the time of his arrest, reported CBS affiliate KIRO-TV in Seattle.
"I don't know a whole lot," said Caluori's mother, as reported by KIRO. "It's been a surprise. How would you feel if your son was just arrested? (He) never got arrested, was in the military, has a college education. I'm just a little bit upset and shocked. He's never done something like that."
Leary says Caluori is set to appear at 2 p.m. PT Wednesday in court.
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