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Police Investigate Possible Plot Against Obama

By Ed O'Keefe
Federal authorities are investigating a possible threat against Sen. Barack Obama that was first revealed with a routine traffic stop early Sunday morning.

That traffic stop led law enforcement to a sixth-floor room at the Cherry Creek Hotel in the Denver suburb of Glendale.

At least two uniformed and one plain-clothes officer exited the sixth floor of the hotel shortly after 6:30 a.m. MT Sunday, stating that they were conducting an "elevator inspection."

Moments later, that same plain-clothes officer was seen running out the front door of the hotel with a weapon drawn. He motioned to a hotel guest leaving the hotel in a car to hurry up as he continued running towards the side of the building.

This reporter became aware of this information because this week he's staying in the room next door to the one in question, and was the hotel guest above.

As Newsweek's Andrew Romano noted earlier today, an entire "delegation" of Newsweek and staffers occupy rooms at the Cherry Creek Hotel this week, in addition to other news agencies and convention delegates.

The police presence at Cherry Creek continued last night, as a uniformed officer was stationed outside the room in question. She provided no information as to why she was there, nor how long she would be on guard when asked by this reporter.

Federal authorities have scheduled a news conference for 4 p.m. Tuesday to discuss the case.

Posted at 9:53 PM ET on Aug 25, 2008  | Category:  Conventions
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Posted by: state water heater part | September 1, 2008 2:53 AM

What a bunch of dweebs. In Colorado, almost all of us have guns. Half of them carry in thier vehicle and half of them pack. That is why our crime rate is what it is. Here, if you try to burgle a house or mugg a person, you are liable to be blown into the next zip code. That is why most of our criminals resettled in Boston, New York, San Francisco, Washinton DC, Portland, etc. where the risk is low to none. And we thank you for taking them.

Posted by: Skeeter | August 26, 2008 10:29 PM

I think Nannie Turner likes receiving a sean hannity without any crisco, because she knows very well that the KKK wing of the republican party is behind the assassination attempt. Republican would rather lynch people who don't agree them thant let them win a fair election. Also,
what Nannie Turner is really saying is" how dare that upty ni@#%r run for president.

Posted by: sergio | August 26, 2008 3:39 PM

This whole story is obviously a total hoax.Just another publicity stunt cooked up by Axelrod to promote sympathy for his puppet candidate.His poll numbers are in the toilet,so it is panic time.Poor Egobama,some bad person is planning to shoot his sorry ass.

Posted by: Nannie Turner | August 26, 2008 3:18 PM


Just watch the children and get them out of the news. and keep them safe from harm.

Posted by: LYNN PARKER | August 26, 2008 2:53 PM

I think they were probably chasing down a Washington Post reporter for telling the truth. Very dangerous.

Posted by: Skeeter | August 26, 2008 11:20 AM

Kevin Morgan:

I must have missed in the NYT story where these suspects were registered GOP. If they were, in fact, all registered Democrats, will you come back to this thread and apologize?

Posted by: JakeD | August 26, 2008 8:58 AM

Possible Plot Against Obama

Published: August 26, 2008
DENVER — City and federal authorities said Monday night that at least three people were under arrest on firearms and drug charges in connection with a possible plot to kill Senator Barack Obama during his speech accepting the Democratic presidential nomination on Thursday night.

The United States attorney’s office in Denver has scheduled a news conference for Tuesday afternoon to discuss its investigation. A spokeswoman for the Denver Police Department said that an “aggressive” inquiry had been under way since the first arrest in the case. That occurred during a traffic stop in Aurora, Colo., on Sunday morning, when the police seized firearms and methamphetamine, the authorities said.

It was not clear how well along the possible plot was, or whether the people under arrest had found a way to overcome the heavy security surrounding the Democratic convention. Mr. Obama is scheduled to deliver his speech at Invesco Field, near the convention center.

The United States attorney for Colorado, Troy Eid, seemed to play down the degree of threat that Mr. Obama faced.

“Because this matter is currently under investigation, there is little we can say right now,” Mr. Eid said in a statement. “We can say this: We’re absolutely confident there is no credible threat to the candidate, the Democratic National Convention, or the people of Colorado.”

The police said they had found two rifles, one with a scope, in the car, along with walkie-talkies, a bulletproof vest and licenses in the names of other people. One of the rifles was listed as stolen from Kansas.

The investigation included the Secret Service, the F.B.I. and a joint terrorism task force, officials said.

Linda Douglass, a senior adviser to the campaign, declined to comment late Monday on reports of the investigation. It is the campaign’s practice not to comment on such reports, which have occurred periodically through the campaign.

Detective Marcus Dudley Jr. of the Aurora Police Department, said the first arrest involved Tharin Robert Gartrell, 28, who was taken into custody after the police pulled him over for driving erratically in a rental truck early Sunday morning.

The others arrested were identified as Nathan Johnson, 32, who was picked up a few hours later by the Denver police at a hotel.

The third arrest took place about half hour later. The suspect was identified as Shawn Robert Adolf, 33, who was arrested in Glendale, near Denver, shortly after leaping from a sixth-floor hotel window, the authorities said. He was taken to a hospital for treatment.

More Articles in US » A version of this article appeared in print on August 26, 2008, on page A15 of the New York edition.

Posted by: Anonymous | August 26, 2008 8:21 AM

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Posted by: wantmyclickback | August 26, 2008 7:10 AM

This "story" is pathetic. Why bother? Maybe you should try looking beyond asking a uniformed cop what's going on and getting no comment. Or maybe you should go take a look at The New York Times online story for some detail, names, arrests, charges.

Posted by: Confused reader | August 26, 2008 4:50 AM

Posted by: JSY | August 26, 2008 2:08 AM

Let's see; we have a headline... and some random words.

Good job, WaPo.

Posted by: K Ackermann | August 26, 2008 2:00 AM

Obviously the republican's desperation has reached the critical point. No question they will resort to whatever is necessary to continue looting America.

Posted by: Kevin Morgan | August 26, 2008 12:28 AM

Well, THIS hotel guest is sick and tired of being BARGED IN UPON by various law enforcement agencies for exercising my right to dress up as whatever gender I feel more comfortable.

So, THERE! And McCain '08, too!

Posted by: JakeD | August 26, 2008 12:27 AM

I hope when Barack gets elected he starts a literacy campaign, some people just can't read.

Posted by: Shabock | August 26, 2008 12:11 AM

"He motioned to a hotel guest leaving the hotel in a car to hurry up as he continued running towards the side of the building.
This reporter became aware of this information because this week he's staying in the room next door to the one in question, and was the hotel guest above."

Fantastic! Did the Posts guidelines about writing about yourself trip you up a little?

"The hotel guest left the hotel.
This reporter became aware of the information as he the one who performed the act in question, was in the room and was the hotel guest above"

Sound like a whole new skit could be done by this reporter.

Posted by: This reporter, in fact, the one above | August 25, 2008 11:48 PM

I don't understand this story. Sounds like a bunch of jibber jabber. This story means nothing. Better off just not writing anything until you have some details and facts Ed.

Posted by: Borama Baracka | August 25, 2008 11:27 PM

I don't know, but the way (the style) this person used to write this "article" is a bit suspicious.

"This reporter became aware of this information because this week he's staying in the room next door to the one in question, and was the hotel guest above."

The hell was that!

What can be more useful than creating an atmosphere of "pity" and fear for The One and Only's safety. I bet there will be no "press conference" tomorrow about this.

Posted by: Anonymous | August 25, 2008 11:25 PM


This is not a news story is a blog entry.

Freakin stupid people. That moron is probably a Bush supporter.

Posted by: SS | August 25, 2008 11:22 PM


I'm still here ; )

Posted by: JakeD | August 25, 2008 11:10 PM

To cowardly white supremacists: why take a shot at someone who isn't looking. Why not go mano y mano with we who support Barack? We're more than willing to fight for a better America, and youre not a part of that future. Anytime, anywhere.

Posted by: Angry Dem | August 25, 2008 10:50 PM

Hmm. Anyone seen JakeD on here in the last few hours?

Posted by: Kip | August 25, 2008 10:46 PM

How do they know that this was a "plot against Obama" on the slim info given?

Seems a little improbable it would be an assassination plot. More like a terrorist/demonstrator stunt, perhaps?

Who would try to stage an assassination of someone surrounded by Secret Service?

Creepy & sad, if it is.

Posted by: AsperGirl | August 25, 2008 10:42 PM

Where are the pertinent facts here? A police officer ran out of a hotel - that's all we have yet the headline speaks of a plot on Obama. How did we go from Point A to Point G?

Posted by: David | August 25, 2008 10:37 PM

Times haven't changed enough, apparently.

Posted by: matt | August 25, 2008 10:35 PM

What if Shaq and Kobe had Hilliary in the room trying to "straighten" her out?

Posted by: Percy Kution | August 25, 2008 10:31 PM

Whoa, this is real, AP is all over this. Let's just home, as the Denver press is pushing this, it is some Meth Heads talking smack...

Posted by: Anonymous | August 25, 2008 10:31 PM

Former Rep Jim Leach feels that this country needs an ethical renewal after the last eight years and although he remains a Republican feels that renewal will only come from Barack Obama.

He gave a positive statement about an honorable man and a positive outlook.

Posted by: Ronnn | August 25, 2008 10:20 PM

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