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NC Man Arrested, Jailed For Supposedly Threatening Obama

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A Charlotte, NC man has been arrested & jailed for supposedly threatening to kill Democratic Presidential candidate Barack Obama.

According to the federal criminal complaint (case # 3:08-mj-164) filed on August 12, 2008 at the US Federal Courthouse for the Western District of North Carolina in Charlotte by US Secret Service Special Agent Sean Leddy, Jerry Michael Blanchard, 48, of 1227 Flat Rock Road in Charlotte was charged with violating  Section 879 of Title 18 of the United States Code (18 USC 879) which makes it illegal to make “Threats Against Former Presidents & Certain Other Persons.”

According to the criminal complaint Blanchard was arrested after the Secret Service conducted two seperate investigations into threats allegedly made against Obama by Blanchard.

In the first alleged instance of threats made by Blanchard, Special Agent Leddy states that his office was contacted by a male who is identified in the criminal complaint only as “CW-2”, this term usually means confidential witness #2, on July 15, 2008 after “CW-2” and an associate were eating breakfast at a Waffle House restaurant on Pineville-Matthews Road in Charlotte when they were approached by a man later identified as Blanchard who asked “CW-2” if they had met before because “CW-2” looked familiar to him.

“CW-2” states that a conversation between the three individuals ensued and Blanchard stated “I’m worth $50 million dollars, I have a plane and can get a jet…Obama and his wife are never going to make it into the White House… he needs to be taken out and I can do it in a heartbeat and I might anyway…that man will never know what hit him…I hate that man with a passion…I just may do that, I’ve got the money and the clout to do that…”

The other individual in the conversation, identified only as “CW-1” claims to have heard Blanchard state that it was his intention to purchase a .40 caliber Ruger pistol from Hyatt Gun Shop in Charlotte.

Both the “CWs” stated, according to the complaint, that Blanchard told them he was a Certified Public Accountant and that “CW-1” asked Blanchard for his name & telephone # prior to his leaving the Waffle House ‘under the guise’ that “CW-1” was looking for a new accountant and might want to hire Blanchard and Blanchard provided “CW-1” with his name & cell phone #.

Special Agent Leddy goes on to state that he later showed both “CW-1 & 2” a photograph of Jerry M. Blanchard and both individuals positively identified Blanchard as the man who made the threatening statements about Obama to them. Leddy does not say in the complaint where he obtained photographs of Blanchard, but Blanchard does have several arrests in Mecklenburg County, NC for drunk driving and driving without a license and the photographs could have been uncovered through public records searches.

Leddy states that he located and interviewed Blanchard, the complaint does not state where or when,  and Blanchard denied making any threats toward Obama, but that Blanchard did tell him that he was considering purchasing a .40 caliber Ruger for self-defense purposes,  and that he (Blanchard) stated that he believed Obama to be the “Anti-Christ” as prophesied in the Bible’s Book of Revelation.

Leddy also states that he informed Blanchard that it was a violation of federal law to threaten Obama and that Blanchard acknowledged that he understood and again denied making any threats to Obama.

In the second alleged instance of threats made by Blanchard, Leddy states in the complaint that on July 28, 2008 his office was contacted by an employee of the Crown Plaza Hotel, identified only as “CW-3”, in Charlotte who reported that he went into the lobby restroom of the hotel around 8:45 AM and overheard a man talking on a cell phone who said: “I’ll get a .40 cal Ruger and a .50 cal sniper rifle and take care of it myself. I can get a $3,000 laser scope that will let me take the center out of a quarter from 2 miles away. Somebody has got to do it” and “we both know that Obama is the Anti-Christ.”

“CW-3” told Leddy, according to the complaint, that after overhearing the man on the cell phone he went into the hotel lobby and waited for the man to exit the restroom and observed the man stay in the lobby, still on the phone, for 15 to 20 minutes. “CW-3” said that another hotel employee told him that the man on the phone had been “thrown out” of the hotel due to intoxication at a July 4, 2008 party and that the employee remembered the man’s name as Blanchard.

“CW-3” stated that he approached the man and asked if he could help him prompting the man to leave the hotel. “CW-3” said that a short time later the man approached him outside the hotel and asked if he could speak with him. During the conversation the man, according to “CW-3”, said: “I have an application for a .40 caliber Ruger and a .50 caliber sniper rifle. I will get a $3,000 laser scope for that rifle and I can take the center out of a quarter from 2 miles away” and “I believe Obama is planning to outlaw the ownership of firearms and said he had filed a $50 million lawsuit against the federal government.”

Leddy stated in the complaint that “CW-3” identified a photograph of Blanchard as the man he heard make the threatening statements against Obama.

Leddy states that he has interviewed several former colleagues and “other individuals with personal connections to Blanchard” that have confirmed Blanchard has developed a serious alcohol abuse problem and that he has demonstrated unusual behavior since recently sustaining serious head injuries and that he finds the information provided by witnesses and “other individuals” to be accurate and that he has corroborated “much of the information by reviewing various documents including criminal background checks and ‘open source databases.”

Mr. Blanchard was incarcerated in the Mecklenburg County jail on August 4, 2008 at 7:48 PM and released into Federal custody on September 23, 2008 at 9:20 AM. According to the Federal Bureau of Prisons web-site Blanchard was “in transit” as of this writing.

Please see my additional articles on this subject.


Written by bkl1

September 23, 2008 at 6:24 pm

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