Skip to comments.Greece (New York) man charged with threatening to kill Bush, Cheney
Posted on 10/22/2010 8:39:44 PM PDT by Behind Liberal Lines
GREECE, NEW YORK--A Greece man loaded his car with a shotgun, hunting knives, a flare gun, baseball bat and handcuffs and set off en route to Washington, D.C., with plans to engage law enforcement and possibly kill former Vice President Dick Cheney, according to the Secret Service.
The Secret Service detained the man, Ian Rotunno, on Oct. 7 and this week charged him with threats against a former president. Rotunno told Secret Service agents that, as well as planning to kill Cheney, he intended to go to the Texas ranch of former President George W. Bush and murder him also, according to a criminal complaint.
A psychiatrist who interviewed Rotunno Tuesday at the St. James Mercy Hospital in Hornell said Rotunno would likely follow up on his threats if released, according to the court papers.
The doctor said that if left to his own accord Rotunno would fall into the category of the next Oklahoma City bomber, and was an immediate danger to federal government employees, the court papers allege.
According to an affidavit by Secret Service Special Agent Joel Blackerby, Rotunno went to work on Oct. 7 at his job at a Gates machine company, where he asked a secretary whether Cheney was still alive. He left around 9:30 a.m. telling a co-worker, Im grabbing my shotgun and heading to Washington, D.C., the papers allege.
Alerted to the threat, the Secret Service and Greece police went to Rotunnos apartment at Greenleaf Meadows, and learned from a neighbor that hed driven off in his Mustang with a golf bag and other items.
Blackerby reached Rotunno on his cell phone, and Rotunno became belligerent and profane.
Im nowhere near my home, he said. I wont stop until I reach my grandmothers house then continue on to Washington and if anyone wants to stop me they will have to kill me.
According to the criminal complaint, shortly after the telephone call Rotunno turned himself into the Owego police.
In Owego, a Secret Service agent interviewed Rotunno, who said he planned to go to Washington, D.C., to discharge his shotgun into the reflecting pool in order to draw the attention of authorities and be arrested or killed by federal law enforcement or a local police department.
On his Facebook page, Rotunno had written that he wanted to spar with the Secret Service.
Rotunno told the Secret Service that the federal government is corrupt and he planned to do whatever is necessary to stop it, call attention to his views and will be more than happy to go down with it as well as take down anyone in his way, the complaint states.
He said I know where to find President Bush at his ranch in Texas, and Im not going to stop.
Federal authorities could not be reached this evening.
A woman who answered a telephone number once registered to Rotunnos mother, Patricia Zalewski, at a home in Endicott, Broome County, identified herself as Rotunnos grandmother but declined to give her name.
He did not make threats. He told people he was going there to protest whatever the ex-president did wrong, the woman said. Its very upsetting for us.
She said Rotunno was in the hospital They figure its a mental issue.
This is killing me now, she said.
Did they figure out his screen name at DU?
I’m sure Olberman, Maddow and Matthews had nothing but “stop the hate speech, Democrats” stories on their freak shows tonight, right?
>>In Owego, a Secret Service agent interviewed Rotunno, who said he planned to go to Washington, D.C., to discharge his shotgun into the reflecting pool in order to draw the attention of authorities and be arrested or killed by federal law enforcement or a local police department. <<
Seeing as how the current occupant of the WH is there in violation of law, I think there is no downside to giving this perp his wish. It isn’t like he could have hurt anyone important. And the cost to the taxpayers of taking this yahoo out would be very small.
What was he going to do with a flare gun?
Kinda behind the times isn’t he? The Discovery Channel is just grateful he’s never seen Al Gore’s books and movies.
Just what I was thinking. Had to be the hate speech spewed daily form MSNBC that caused him to go after Bush and Cheney.
5 min from my house
I don’t watch those shows or any TV, but now and then I catch bits of them on friends’ TVs, bars, online. Holy cow, who can watch that crap? The three of them just bitch, bitch, bitch, and every day is the end of the world courtesy of some Republican.
They should have given him a pic of Bubba and told him this was what GW looks like now, then give him some extra ammo.
Obamas doing a good job, and I gatta admit, he might not be the same puppet that the past 6 or so presidents were. And, its perfectly alright to disaprove of me, its the disaproval of the work I do that will get your own neighbors to kill you. October 3 at 9:30am via Mobile Web
I’m truly surprised that Ithaca doesn’t turn out many more such ... MODEL Citizens.
This moron does understand that Bush hasn’t been President for almost 2 YEARS!
Clearly, this a case of a “batty man”.
Wow, handcuffs and a flare gun? I can’t even imagine his crazy plans.
Was he wearing a diaper?
My husband lived some where near you until he was 7!
...and of course in a few years, Bush will be th 1st former Prez to have his SS detail ended. The idiots in Congress need to rethink that change. I assume they will for Obama.
The guy’s a day late and a dollar short, isn’t he?
The Secret Service actually arrests someone for trying to kill a REPUBLICAN?
I guess the Director of the SS didn’t get that memo from Obama.
I bet he gets fired over this case.
If he turned himself into the police, does that mean he arrested himself as well? Was it the entire force or the station he turned into? Perhaps he turned into a cruiser or a canine officer. Oh, the unanswered questions.
One would think the brilliant journalist who wrote this article would realize turning oneself into something else entirely would be the much bigger story here. Focus writer, focus.
I don’t understand your point. The phrase has been used as a accepted way of saying a suspect surrendered to the police for decades.
“”Bush will be the 1st former Prez to have his SS detail ended.””
I never did know why the lifetime SS security ended with Clinton but I can guess who had a hand in that - LOL! Only 10 years for every president after 2000....
I personally think 10 years would have been enough for all of them or if given a vote, I’d have said 5 and that’s it!
Was this Greek bearing a gift?
My point is grammar. He did not turn himself “into” anything. He turned himself in to the Owego police. Get it? A person aspiring to the position journalist (or any career involving written communication) certainly should.
Ah, now I see it. Your eyes are sharper than mine. Good catch.