The U.S. Secret Service has taken a person into custody and also found a car possibly linked to a threat made against President Obama during his recent trip to Westchester, according to published reports.
The agency found the individual after tracking a cell phone, NBC Connecticut reports. The 2014 Volkswagen Jetta was located late Friday in Hamden, Conn., near an ice rink and in the area of several apartment complexes.
It is unclear whether the person is still in custody. Calls to the Secret Service and Connecticut state police were not returned Sunday. Hamden police declined comment.
The developments come after a police hotline on Friday afternoon indicated a man possibly armed with an assault rifle was driving a Jetta with Connecticut license plates in Yonkers and may be headed toward Obama’s appearance at a fundraiser in New Rochelle.
“We have taken all appropriate investigative steps in this matter, based on the information we received yesterday about a suspicious vehicle and person,” Secret Service spokesperson Nicole Mainor said Saturday, according to NBC Connecticut. “There have been no arrests or charges brought in this case at this point.”
The president attended fundraisers Friday afternoon in New Rochelle and Purchase before leaving for Rhode Island. That’s about 90 miles from where the car was located.
Obama went back to Washington, D.C., on Friday night, and then returned Saturday to Westchester with his family for the wedding of their personal chef at Blue Hill at Stone Barns in Pocantico Hills.
SOURCE: Greg Shillinglaw, firstname.lastname@example.org