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August 22, 2012 at 3:29 PM

Federal Way man charged with threatening Obama

A Federal Way man who allegedly threatened President Obama was charged today with making a threat against the president and assault of a federal agent.

Anton Caluori, 31, appeared in U.S. District Court in Seattle this afternoon. He remains in custody at the Federal Detention Center at Sea-Tac.

Caluori was arrested at his apartment Tuesday after he allegedly emailed a threat to kill the president to a general purpose FBI email address, the U.S. Attorney’s Office said.

A Secret Service agent and a Federal Way police officer went to Caluori’s apartment in a four-plex at the Panther Ridge Apartments, knocked and announced themselves for about three minutes, then found themselves facing a man armed with a shotgun when the door opened, said Federal Way police spokeswoman Cathy Schrock

“The shotgun was coming up to point in the direction of the agents,” she said. “The two officers were able to close in and take control of the weapon before anyone was harmed.”

The officers also seized a gun in the man’s ankle holster, she said.

Making a threat against the president is punishable by up to five years in prison. Assault of a federal agent is punishable by up to 20 years in prison.

Click here to read a copy of the criminal complaint against Caluori. Note: the complaint contains obscenities.

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