Portland, OR (AP) - An Oregon man has been arrested on charges
of threatening to kill President Barack Obama and his family.
Darryl James Swanson made his first court appearance Tuesday and was detained for a mental health evaluation. He did not enter a
The Secret Service arrested the 45-year-old Portland man Friday
in connection with the threats.
Court documents show Swanson admitted calling The Associated
Press on May 2 and leaving a message that used a racial epithet and
said he would seek weapons from al-Qaida to shoot the president and his family.
The documents show that a Secret Service agent warned Swanson
against threatening the president but he continued to leave
messages with government and law enforcement agencies in Florida,
Oregon and Washington.
A family friend says Swanson is "harmless."
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