Virginia Man Arrested For Alleged Obama Death Threats | WAMU 88.5 - American University Radio

WAMU 88.5 : Morning Edition

Filed Under:

Virginia Man Arrested For Alleged Obama Death Threats

Play associated audio

A Virginia man has been charged with threatening to kill President Barack Obama, according to the Associated Press.

Christopher Hecker of Waynesboro, Va. made death threats against the president and threatened to bomb the White House and other locations, including Philadelphia City Hall and the site of the former World Trade Center. The  threats were allegedly emailed to various media outlets, according to a criminal complaint filed in federal court in Harrisonburg. 

Secret Service agents arrested Hecker after they learned he had signed on to a computer at the Waynesboro public library. The Court documents also show Hecker indicated he wanted to be sentenced immediately and is seeking the death penalty. 

A federal judge has ordered Hecker to undergo a psychological evaluation. 

WAMU 88.5

Art Beat With Lauren Landau, Oct. 30

Two film festivals open in the D.C. area this week.

NPR

VIDEO: You Don't Know Jack-O'-Lanterns

Explore the guts and glory of pumpkin science with Skunk Bear's latest video.
NPR

Tunisia's Secularists Victorious In Parliamentary Vote

The Nidda Tounes (Tunisia Calls) party won just under 40 percent of the seats, beating out the ruling Islamist Ennahda party.
NPR

Moving Past The Password, But At What Cost?

Apps working with a new Twitter service would simply ask for your phone number instead of a password. In exchange, the company would get some of the most valuable information about you.

Leave a Comment

Help keep the conversation civil. Please refer to our Terms of Use and Code of Conduct before posting your comments.