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Judge orders mental evaluation for man accused of threatening Obama

The Federal Way police bomb disposal unit scours the Panther Ridge Apartments on Tuesday following a threat to President Obama. - Andy Hobbs/Federal Way Mirror
The Federal Way police bomb disposal unit scours the Panther Ridge Apartments on Tuesday following a threat to President Obama.
— image credit: Andy Hobbs/Federal Way Mirror

Mirror staff reports:

A mental evaluation has been ordered for a Federal Way man charged with threatening to kill President Obama.

The Seattle Times reports that U.S. Magistrate Judge James Donohue cancelled a detention hearing that was scheduled for Monday, Aug. 27. Last week, the judge ordered a mental evaluation for Anton Caluori, 31, who remains in custody at the Federal Detention Center in Sea-Tac.

The U.S. Secret Service and Federal Way police arrested Caluori on Aug. 21 after he allegedly sent an email to the FBI that said "I will kill the president!" According to charging documents, when officers made the arrest, Caluori was armed with a shotgun and was wearing a black bandoleer with 12-gauge shotgun shells around his torso. A Federal Way police bomb unit searched the Panther Ridge Apartments after the suspect allegedly told officers, "There are things that go boom." No explosives were found.

Caluori was charged with making a threat against the president and assault of a federal agent or employee. Threatening the president is punishable by up to five years in prison, and assault of a federal agent is punishable by up to 20 years in prison.

 

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