DENVER (CBS4/AP) ― CBS4 has learned
at least four people are under arrest in connection with a possible plot to kill
Barack Obama at his Thursday night acceptance speech in Denver. All are being
held on either drug or weapons charges.
CBS4 Investigator Brian Maass
reported one of the suspects told authorities they were "going to shoot Obama
from a high vantage point using a ... rifle … sighted at 750 yards."
enforcement sources tell Maass that one of the suspects "was directly asked if
they had come to Denver to kill Obama. He responded in the
The story began emerging Sunday morning when Aurora police
arrested 28-year-old Tharin Gartrell. He was driving a rented pickup truck in an
erratic manner according to sources.
Sources told CBS4 police found two
high-powered, scoped rifles in the car along with camouflage clothing,
walkie-talkies, wigs, a bulletproof vest, a spotting scope, licenses in the
names of other people and 44 grams of methamphetamine. One of the rifles is
listed as stolen from Kansas.
Aurora police alerted federal officials
because of heightened security surrounding the Democratic convention, Dudley
"Clearly we found there are federal implications -- otherwise we
would not have notified them," Det. Marcus Dudley with Aurora police said. "The
weapons clearly would cause great concern."
Subsequently authorities went
to the Cherry Creek Hotel to contact an associate of Gartrell's. But that man,
identified as Shawn Robert Adolph, 33, who was wanted on numerous warrants,
jumped out of a sixth floor hotel window. Law enforcement sources say Adolph
broke an ankle in the fall and was captured moments later. Sources say he had a
handcuff ring and was wearing a swastika, and is thought to have ties to white
A third man -- an associate of Gartrell and
Adolph, Nathan Johnson, 32, was also arrested. He told authorities that the two
men "planned to kill Barack Obama at his acceptance speech."
along with his girlfriend, Natasha Gromek, are also under arrest on drug
The Secret Service, FBI, ATF and the joint terrorism task force
are all investigating the alleged plot.
The U.S. Attorneys Office has
scheduled a news conference for Tuesday afternoon. The U.S. Attorney in Denver
said it does not believe there is a credible threat to Obama or the
"It's premature to say that it was a valid threat or that
these folks have the ability to carry it out," said a U.S. government official
familiar with the investigation. The official spoke on condition of anonymity
because the investigation is ongoing.
U.S. Attorney Troy Eid said the
case was under investigation.
"We're absolutely confident there is no
credible threat to the candidate, the Democratic National Convention, or the
people of Colorado," Eid said in a prepared
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