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Posted on 11/22/2006 5:53:54 PM PST by Extremely Extreme Extremist
Hinrichs' Brother Made Alleged Threat
(AP) COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. -- A man whose brother blew himself up outside the University of Oklahoma's packed football stadium last year has been arrested on suspicion of threatening to assault an FBI agent in Colorado.
The FBI said Thomas Carlisle Hinrichs, 25, of Colorado Springs made the threat last week after he was arrested by police for allegedly assaulting his father. The FBI also said the younger Hinrichs had been under investigation for allegedly threatening the government.
Hinrichs was being held Wednesday in the El Paso County jail.
His brother, Joel "Joe" Henry Hinrichs III, died Oct. 1, 2005, when a bomb he was carrying went off outside the University of Oklahoma football stadium in Norman, Okla., during a game FBI investigators concluded he was not a terrorists but did not speculate on whether he triggered the explosion intentionally. His father has said Joel Hinrichs was severely depressed.
Thomas Hinrichs was arrested Nov. 15 in Colorado Springs after his father, Thomas Hinrichs Sr., told police the younger man had assaulted him. Thomas Hinrichs Sr. had no listed phone number and could not be reached Wednesday.
Police who arrested the younger Hinrichs said he had a Romanian-made assault rifle, ammunition, a military helmet, a ballistic vest, a knife, knee pads, a flashlight and other gear in his car and was carrying another knife.
The younger Hinrichs told a Colorado Springs officer he had the rifle because of an FBI agent named Todd, the FBI said in an affidavit filed Tuesday in Denver federal court. The agent's last name was not listed.
Hinrichs also told the officer the FBI had harassed him and then became agitated and screamed "I will settle it," the FBI document said.
He later told FBI investigators he had abandoned the idea of killing the agent, the document said.
The FBI said it had opened its domestic terrorism investigation of the younger Thomas Hinrichs the day after his brother's death but closed it six months later after determining he hadn't made any specific threats. It was not clear why the investigation was opened.
The investigation was reopened in August 2006 after the younger Hinrichs left a telephone message with the FBI saying he was angry at the federal government and blaming schools for his brother's death, the FBI affidavit said. He left a second message in October saying "I will ... bury you, do you understand, I will bury you," the affidavit said.
Hinrichs was being held in lieu of $25,000 bond on the charge of assaulting his father but cannot be released on bail because of the federal charge, jail officials said.
A spokesman for the U.S. attorney's office in Denver did not immediately return a call.
bump for publicity
Good post. I think there's a ping list somewhere for folks following this story. Not sure who to ping, though.
Same surnames so Thomas' brother is Joe III. Thomas father should be Joe II. BUT...
Thomas Hinrichs was arrested Nov. 15 in Colorado Springs after his father, Thomas Hinrichs Sr
It's not? What the hell?
He legally changed his name for the same reason relatives of Hitler had.
Knee pads? Flashlight? And the significance of these are?
Sounds like the whole family is severely depressed, suicidal, bipolar, etc..
OK, I think it's safe to say, regardless of legalities, that this family is seriously screwed up.
Yeah, sounds like there may be some hereditary schizophrenia in that family, which is an incredible tragedy.
It doesn't work that way. I think Sr. and Jr. imply passing on the name straight from father to son, but with II and III, you can skip generations.
This one is never going away! That kid was no lone suicide bomber. Computer turned out to be very interesting if the leaks are to be believed. Considering some of the sources, I would say that they are credible.
Hmm, some things are wrong in this article. First of all, it's Thomas Carlyle Hinrichs and the father's name is not Thomas, it's Joel Henry Hinrichs Jr., called Joe by most.
I don't see anything in the Hinrichs family history I put together about anyone named Thomas Hinrichs Sr.
JoelIII, the bomber, has four older siblings - Angela, Berkeley, Christopher and Thomas. Age and birthdate are right for the Thomas in the story, but I have no idea who the Thomas Sr. could be who reportedly turned him in.
I have more, but will stop there for now.
There's no such person as Thomas Hinrichs Sr. Something smells here.
I very much doubt he had a full auto/select fire rifle. But even cops don't know the proper nomenclature for a semi-auto carbine. Nor does Colorado have a state definition of "assault weapon".
I know of a few FReepers looking over their shoulder right about now. Shed those kneepads folks. Blackbird.
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