Authorities are investigating whether a man arrested with rifles, ammunition and drugs in his truck made statements threatening Barack Obama, but emphasize he never posed a "credible threat" to the candidate or the Democratic National Convention.Federal and local authorities had scheduled a news conference for Tuesday afternoon, but U.S. Attorney Troy Eid downplayed the case.
"We're absolutely confident there is no credible threat to the candidate, the Democratic National Convention, or the people of Colorado," Eid said in a statement.
There have been some competing reports about the gravity of the situation. On Sunday, police arrested Tharin Gartrell, who was driving erratically on a suspended license, and was found with rifles, walkie-talkies, and suspected narcotics in his truck. Three hours later, federal agents arrested Nathan Johnson on drug charges, and a half-hour after that, police tried to arrest Shawn Robert Adolf, who proceeded to jump out of a sixth-story window to evade police. It didn't work, and he's in the hospital, also under arrest on drug charges.
Interviewed by a local reporter, Johnson was asked if there was a plot to kill Obama. "Looking back at it, I don't want to say yes, but I don't want to say no," Johnson said, adding that he wasn't involved in any such plot.
The situation is obviously unresolved, and remains under investigation, but the most recent report from the Rocky Mountain News quotes the U.S. Attorney's office in Denver saying, "We can say this: We're absolutely confident there is no credible threat to the candidate, the Democratic National Convention, or the people of Colorado."