Man arrested in Obama death threat


WAYNESBORO, Va., May 6 (UPI) — The Secret Service arrested a Virginia man for allegedly making repeated death threats against President Barack Obama, authorities say.

Christopher Hecker of Waynesboro was arrested this week, and is being detained pending an evaluation, The (Staunton) News Leader reported.

Hecker allegedly sent an e-mail to WVTF Public Radio in Roanoke April 19 with a subject line saying: “I am going to kill the president of the United States.”

An affidavit filed in U.S. District Court in Harrisonburg said the FBI traced the e-mail account to Hecker, pegging him for investigation.

The parent company of CNN contacted the Secret Service April 23, saying the same e-mail address had issued bomb threats to the White House and several radio stations, the newspaper said. The author of the e-mails made his location known and boasted that no one had arrested him yet. The Secret Service contacted Hecker regarding the threats, and he responded that he would surrender, but refused to answer questions.

After three more bomb threats, Hecker made authorities aware of his location again Wednesday, allegedly following it with another message that he would “require a vegetarian diet in prison” after killing the president.

Local police worked with Secret Service to arrest Hecker on a temporary detention order this past week.

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