Man Held in Florida For Threatening Barack Obama's Life

Updated 1:43 PM 8/8/08:

Federal authorities in Doral, Florida are holding a man accused of threatening to assassinate Democratic presidential candidate Barack Obama.

22 year old Raymond Hunter Geisel was ordered held without bail Thursday.

The Secret Service says Geisel made the threat while training to be a bail bondsman in Miami in late July.

Geisel was arrested Saturday and is charged with threatening to assassinate Obama.

Another tipster says Geisel also threatened President Bush.

A search of the man's SUV and hotel room uncovered a loaded handgun, knives, dozens of rounds on ammunition, body armor, and a machete.

The SUV was also wired with emergency lights.

Geisel claims he's originally from Bangor, Maine.

He was arrested there and spent two days in jail just last year after being charged with criminally threatening someone else.

But Geisel contends he made no threats against Obama or President Bush.

The charge of threatening a major candidate for president or vice president carries a maximum prison sentence of five years.
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A man is being held in Florida by federal authorities on charges of threatening to assassinate Democratic presidential candidate Barack Obama.

Raymond Hunter Geisel was ordered held without bail Thursday at a brief court hearing.

The Secret Service says Geisel made the threat during a training class for bail bondsmen in Miami in late July. Another tipster said Geisel also threatened President Bush.

A search of Geisel's SUV and hotel room uncovered a loaded handgun, knives, dozens of rounds of ammunition, body armor and a machete. The SUV was wired with emergency lights.

Geisel told the Secret Service he was originally from Bangor, Maine. He contended he made no threat against either Obama or the president.


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