An early report quoted cops as saying they were skeptical there was any actual plan involved. Really? They had rifles with scopes, white supremacist tattoos and jewelry, and one of them said something to police about targeting Obama. And just as I’m typing that, Drudge red-fonts this update describing their intent to shoot him from a “high vantage point” from 750 yards away. Sounds plan-ish to me.
Sources told CBS4 police found two high-powered, scoped rifles in the car along with camouflage clothing, walkie-talkies, a bulletproof vest, a spotting scope, licenses in the names of other people and methamphetamine. One of the rifles is listed as stolen from Kansas.
Subsequently authorities went to the Cherry Creek Hotel to contact an associate of Gartrell’s. But that man, who was wanted on numerous warrants, jumped out of a sixth floor hotel window. Law enforcement sources say the man broke an ankle in the fall and was captured moments later. Sources say he was wearing a ring with a swastika, and is thought to have ties to white supremacist organizations.
A third man — an associate of Gartrell and the hotel jumper was also arrested. He told authorities that the two men “planned to kill Barack Obama at his acceptance speech.”
That man, along with a woman, are also under arrest.
Seriously, the guy should have his own National Guard detail just to be on the safe side.
Update: ABC quotes other cops as saying he was in no immediate danger and notes this:
After pulling over two men for allegedly driving erratically early Sunday morning, Aurora Police said they discovered two rifles, a bulletproof vest and the drug methamphetamine in the car. When authorities questioned the men about the findings, they pointed to another member of their alleged drug ring whom they say made a threat against Obama.
Update: “It could also turn out that these were nothing but a bunch of knuckleheads, meth heads.”