Police probe possible plot to kill Obama; two arrested, one with sniper rifle

CBS4’s Brian Maas reports police are holding two men who could be involved in a plot to assassinate Barack Obama :

Mug shot of Tharin Gartrell, one of two men suspected of an assassination plot against Sen. Barack Obama. (Photo/Aurora Police Department)

Mug shot of Tharin Gartrell, one of two men suspected of an assassination plot against Sen. Barack Obama. (Photo/Aurora Police Department)

According to multiple sources, Aurora police made a routine traffic stop Sunday morning at 2:38 a.m. and arrested 28-year-old Tharin Gartrell. Sources say he was driving a rented pickup truck. The Secret Service says two rifles were found in his truck along with methamphetamine. Another law enforcement source says he was told at least one of the rifles was a “sniper rifle.”

A second source told CBS4 Investigator Brian Maass authorities told officers they are concerned they may have come upon a possible “assassination plot.”

That arrest then led authorities to a second man staying at the Cherry Creek Hotel at 600 South Colorado Blvd in Glendale. When authorities knocked on the man’s door, they say he jumped out of his sixth floor window, landing on an awning and running from the scene. They say they soon found him with a broken ankle. He too was arrested.

The Rocky Mountain News has more details on the suspected plot to harm Obama :

Police found four guns, including two rifles and two handguns, in a rented pickup.

Police found a rifle in the man’s pickup and methamphetamine. The man allegedly made comments about Sen. Obama, but sources wouldn’t say what they were.

It was enough, however, to make police believe the man might have been plotting to somehow harm Obama. A second man was arrested at a Glendale hotel.

Authorities were tight-lipped about the arrest, refusing to divulge details or confirm the man’s name.

The man has not been charged with any plot to harm Obama, 47. The man is facing drug and weapons charges.

The Secret Service, ATF and U.S. Attorney’s Office are investigating.

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