Monday, August 25, 2008

Possible Obama connection in gun arrest

By Felisa Cardona
The Denver Post

Article Last Updated: 08/25/2008 06:49:10 PM MDT

Democratic presidential candidate Sen. Barack Obama, D-Ill., talks to the media in Moline, Ill., Monday, Aug. 25, 2008. (AP | Alex Brandon)Federal authorities have scheduled a press conference for Tuesday afternoon amid reports that a fortunate traffic stop by Aurora Police may have disrupted an assassination attempt against Barack Obama.

KUSA-TV is reporting that two men have been arrested on weapons charges after the traffic stop early Sunday.

The first man, identified by the station as Tharin Gartrell, 28, was charged with suspicion of being a felon in possession of a weapon after police found two rifles, a high-powered scope and methamphetamine in his car after the traffic stop.

When police accompanied Gartrell to his hotel in Glendale, a second man jumped from a window and was injured in a four-story fall, according to the station. That man was then arrested, but has not been identified by police.

Federal authorities are refusing to comment about why they believe the case is possibly tied to an assassination plot, but scheduled a news conference for 4 p.m. Tuesday.

Source: Denver Post

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