Federal Way man accused of threatening to kill president competent to stand trial

The Federal Way police bomb disposal unit at the Panther Ridge Apartments on Aug. 21, 2012, the day  the threat to President Obama was made.  - File photo
The Federal Way police bomb disposal unit at the Panther Ridge Apartments on Aug. 21, 2012, the day the threat to President Obama was made.
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A Federal Way man charged with threatening President Barack Obama has been ordered competent to stand trial after two years of competency tests and involuntary medication.

Anton Caluori, now 33, was arrested for threatening to kill the president in an email sent to the FBI in August 2012.

His jury trial is scheduled for Oct. 20.

Caluori was at the Medical Center for Federal Prisoners in Springfield, Missouri undergoing forced medication but was deemed competent to stand trial on July 11 at a competency hearing, when he also pleaded not guilty to the threat against the president count and assault on a federal officer or employee count.

He’s since filed a motion on Thursday to terminate his forced medication, which was ordered by Judge Marsha J. Pechman on Aug. 7, 2013.

Because nearly all of Caluori’s court documents are sealed per his request, it is unclear what his mental illness was.

But on Aug. 21, 2012, prosecutors allege Caluori sent an email with threats such as, “I will kill the president!!!!!” and “I Don’t give a [expletive]… But You Know That [sic]!!!!”

He told the FBI that they had seven days to get him to Alcatraz and that they couldn’t afford to call his bluff.

He also threatened a “Cop killing spree … just over the hill [sic].”

Federal Way police officer Andy Hensing was the responding officer to the Secret Service request for assistance for the threat. Hensing has since earned the Federal Way Police Department’s Medal of Distinguished Service for his role in the investigation.

Hensing checked Caluori’s records and corresponded with the apartment manager of where he was staying before he and the Secret Service made their move to contact him.

After knocking on the door with no answer, the officers and agents got to the back door. And just as it opened, they were confronted by Caluori, who had a bandolier across his chest with shotgun shells and a pistol grip shotgun in his right hand, according to police officials in a previous report.

Hensing then grabbed the shotgun and got the suspect to the ground with help from a Secret Service agent.

Charging documents also state Caluori informed the officers that his apartment was full of “things that go boom.” However, a search from a bomb squad revealed no explosives.

Threatening the president is punishable by up to five years in prison. Assault of a federal agent is punishable by up to 20 years in prison.


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