Shooting Suspect Convicted of Attempting to Kidnap Federal Reserve Board

An old article from The Post on the alleged suspect in the shooting, James Von Brunn:

N.H. Man Guilty in Incident at Fed
Thursday, March 3, 1983

A D.C. Superior Court jury yesterday convicted a New Hampshire man of attempting to kidnap members of the Federal Reserve Board, stemming from a 1981 incident in which the man was arrested at the board's headquarters carrying several weapons.

According to police, James Von Brunn, 61, of Lebanon, N.H., told them after his arrest that he wanted to take board members hostage to focus media attention on the board's responsibility for high interest rates and the nation's economic difficulties.

Von Brunn entered the board's headquarters at 21st Street and Constitution Avenue NW with a bag slung over his shoulder. He was captured by a guard after running to the second floor, where the board was meeting. He was detained outside the board room and was carrying a revolver, a hunting knife and a sawed-off shotgun, police said.

The jury yesterday convicted Von Brunn of attempted kidnaping while armed, second-degree burglary, assault with a dangerous weapon, carrying a pistol without a license and two counts of possession of a prohibited weapon.

Judge Harriet R. Taylor set sentencing for April.

More details on Von Brunn are here.

June 10, 2009; 3:13 PM ET  | Category:  metro
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I hope the Republicans that have been relentless in their fear mongering realize this is as much their fault as the gunman. From Rush Limbaugh to Sean Hannity to Newt Gingrich and John Boehner, they should all be ashamed and very afraid of what they have started.

Posted by: lavndrblue | June 10, 2009 3:20 PM

Already...attempts to link a nasty off the wall incident to others for the purposes of partisan smearing?

Maybe his mom - 80 years ago - was an alcoholic and so maybe this 'proves' that Prohibition should be reimposed....logical?

In the wake of such nasty incidents, there will always be those who try to establish far-fetched linkages and illogicalities. 'Touchy feely rules okay.'

Posted by: markjonathanfenn | June 10, 2009 4:11 PM

There is a great deal of HATRED coming off the soapbox of AM talk radio. These ideologues (try for example the Monday to Friday 12 Noon to 9 PM lineup on WMAL 630) have in their self-serving millionaire ways (reaping $20M to $100M per year) contributed deeply to today’s radically polluted political environment. They daily encourage the hatred of one American to another, for their so-designated and so-condemned liberal views, across our public airwaves. In continually spewing this raw hatred into our society, I consider these extremist talk show hosts as traitors to our country.

Posted by: myhonestopinion | June 10, 2009 5:48 PM

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