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NY Man Allegedly Reported False Threat Against Obama


Prosecutors say the Secret Service got involved in a love triangle when a Westchester County man falsely reported that his rival planned to kill President Barack Obama.

The U.S. attorney says Juan Medina of Yonkers has been charged with making false statements. Medina allegedly made an anonymous 9-1-1 call on August 29 accusing the other man of traveling to New York with assault rifles to assassinate Obama, who was coming to Westchester County that day for two fundraisers. Following the call, dozens of federal, state, and local law enforcement were dispatched in New York and Connecticut to find the man and his vehicle.  Secret Service agents located that man in Hamden, Connecticut, but found no evidence of any plot. After an investigation, Medina was found in Yonkers. Prosecutors say he first denied, then admitted making the emergency call. He said he was unhappy about a relationship between a woman he called his girlfriend and the man he reported, his former roommate.

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