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Man who threatened Obama arrested in Utah

SALT LAKE CITY - Authorities have arrested a man whoallegedly told bank tellers while cleaning out his savings accountin Utah that he was on a mission to kill President Barack Obama.

The Secret Service said Daniel James Murray, 36, was arrestedFriday outside a casino in Laughlin, Nev., a gambling town 100miles from Las Vegas on the Nevada-Arizona line.

He was charged Thursday in Salt Lake City with a federal countof conveying threats while talking to tellers last month at ZionsFirst National Bank in St. George, Utah.

Assistant U.S. Attorney Barbara Bearnson said Murray was infederal custody in Nevada and likely will get a court date thereMonday. Neither Bearnson nor the Secret Service would discusswhether Murray was considered to be a serious threat.

Charging documents say Murray, originally from Rexford, N.Y., isthe registered owner of eight guns.

He was described by his father and former neighbors in Rexfordas troubled but not dangerous, known for strolling down a streetwearing a cape while talking to himself.

"He's sick. He's been sick for about 10 years," MichaelMurray, his father, told the Times Union of Albany, N.Y.

In charging documents filed Thursday, the Secret Service saidDaniel Murray made bizarre statements while opening -- and thenclosing within two weeks -- an $85,000 savings account.

First, he demanded to know if Zions First National Bank wassolvent, saying, "I'm sure if citizens happen to lose their money,they will rise up and we could see killing and deaths," banktellers told a Secret Service agent.

On May 27, as a teller counted out bills no larger than $50,Murray delivered a rambling discourse on the probability ofeconomic and social disorder, ending with "We are on a mission tokill the president of the United States," a bank employee told theSecret Service.

The next day, Murray withdrew the remaining $72,000 and closedhis account.

In Washington, Secret Service spokesman Malcolm Wiley saidMurray offered no resistance when he was arrested at 7 p.m. Fridayon a warrant in the parking lot of the Riverside Hotel and Casinoin Laughlin, Nev. Wiley wouldn't offer any further details. Itwasn't clear if Murray had a lawyer.


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