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Raymond Hunter Geisel: Man arrested for threatening Barack Obama

Raymond Hunter Geisel: Man arrested for threatening Barack Obama Raymond Hunter Geisel, 22, was arrested and brought to trial on Thursday, after threatening to kill Democratic presidential candidate Barack Obama. According to the latest reports, Raymond Hunter Geisel was arrested by the Secret Service on Saturday in Miami and was held until today without a bail. "If he [Barack Obama] gets elected, I'll assassinate him myself," Geisel was heard saying during a training class for bail bondsmen in Miami in late July, which led to an investigation. Another person in the class quoted Geisel as saying that "he hated George W. Bush and that he wanted to put a bullet in the president's head," according to the Secret Service.

 Geisel denied in a written statement to a Secret Service agent that he ever made those threats, and the documents don't indicate that he ever took steps to carry out any assassination. He was charged only with threatening Obama, the presumptive Democratic nominee, but not for any threat against President Bush. Authorities also said Raymond Geisel was keeping weapons and military-style gear in his hotel room and car.

 Published on 08/07/2008

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