Colorado Man Accused of Threatening Obama

By: Associated Press Email
By: Associated Press Email

Denver (AP) A southwestern Colorado man indicted on charges of threatening to kill President Barack Obama and blow up The Mall of America in suburban Minneapolis has turned himself in.

The U.S. Attorney’s office says 20-year-old Timothy Ryan Gutierrez of Cortez turned himself in Thursday afternoon at the FBI’s Durango’s office. He is being held without bond and will appear in court this afternoon.

A federal grand jury in Denver handed up the indictment Tuesday against Gutierrez. He faces one count each of transmission of threats and falsely threatening to use explosives.

Authorities claim Gutierrez e-mailed the FBI eight days before Obama’s inauguration saying: “I’m going to assassinate the new President of the United States of America.”

The indictment says a second e-mail threatened to blow up the mall.

However, Gutierrez told the Cortez Journal newspaper yesterday that he’s “not prejudiced against Obama” and the threats were just a prank.

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