Fla. Man Held in Obama Death Threat

By Newser Editors and Wire Services
Posted Aug 7, 2008 3:07 PM CDT
A man is being detained on charges of threatening to assassinate Barack Obama.   (AP Photo/Alex Brandon)
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(Newser) – Federal authorities today arrested a Florida man on charges of threatening to assassinate Barack Obama. Raymond Hunter Geisel was ordered held without bail today 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 George W. 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. Giesel contended he made no threat against either Obama or the president.