La. Cops: Man Threatened to Kill Obamas in 911 Call John Turnpaugh, 47, phoned early Jan. 1 By Newser Editors and Wire Services Posted Jan 4, 2010 7:17 PM CST 26 comments Comments President Obama arrives at Andrews Air Force Base today after spending the holidays in Hawaii. (AP Photo) (Newser) – A New Orleans man has been arrested and charged with threatening to kill President Obama and his wife, Michelle. In a court filing today, a Secret Service agent said John Turnpaugh, 47, dialed 911 early Friday and told a police dispatcher he planned to kill the couple. Agents traced the call to Turnpaugh's cell phone; he was arrested Saturday on state charges that included illegal possession of a firearm and drug possession.