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Greece (New York) man charged with threatening to kill Bush, Cheney
Rochester Now ^ | October 22, 2010 - 7:28pm | Gary Craig

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, “I’m grabbing my shotgun and heading to Washington, D.C.,” the papers allege.

Alerted to the threat, the Secret Service and Greece police went to Rotunno’s apartment at Greenleaf Meadows, and learned from a neighbor that he’d 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.

“I’m nowhere near my home,” he said. “I won’t stop until I reach my grandmother’s 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 I’m not going to stop.”

Federal authorities could not be reached this evening.

A woman who answered a telephone number once registered to Rotunno’s mother, Patricia Zalewski, at a home in Endicott, Broome County, identified herself as Rotunno’s 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. “It’s very upsetting for us.”

She said Rotunno was “in the hospital … They figure it’s a mental issue.”

“This is killing me now,” she said.


TOPICS: Crime/Corruption; Front Page News
KEYWORDS: bush; cheney; cityofevil; ian; ithaca; plot; rotunno; threats

1 posted on 10/22/2010 8:39:48 PM PDT by Behind Liberal Lines
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To: Behind Liberal Lines

Did they figure out his screen name at DU?


2 posted on 10/22/2010 8:41:59 PM PDT by Farmer Dean (stop worrying about what they want to do to you,start thinking about what you want to do to them)
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To: Behind Liberal Lines

I’m sure Olberman, Maddow and Matthews had nothing but “stop the hate speech, Democrats” stories on their freak shows tonight, right?


3 posted on 10/22/2010 8:42:48 PM PDT by Darkwolf377 (All great civilizations, in their early stages, are based on success in war. -Kenneth Clark)
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To: Behind Liberal Lines

>>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.


4 posted on 10/22/2010 8:44:46 PM PDT by freedumb2003 (The TOTUS-Reader: omnipotence at home, impotence abroad (Weekly Standard))
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To: Hieronymus; VampireStateNY; governsleastgovernsbest; gaspar; NativeNewYorker; drjimmy; Atticus; ...
According to his Facebook page, he is originally from....Ithaca, the City of Evil.


5 posted on 10/22/2010 8:47:18 PM PDT by Behind Liberal Lines
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To: Farmer Dean
a flare gun

What was he going to do with a flare gun?

6 posted on 10/22/2010 8:47:30 PM PDT by USNBandit (sarcasm engaged at all times)
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To: Farmer Dean

Kinda behind the times isn’t he? The Discovery Channel is just grateful he’s never seen Al Gore’s books and movies.


7 posted on 10/22/2010 8:47:30 PM PDT by Mad_as_heck (The MSM - America's (domestic) public enemy #1.)
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To: Darkwolf377

Just what I was thinking. Had to be the hate speech spewed daily form MSNBC that caused him to go after Bush and Cheney.


8 posted on 10/22/2010 8:47:40 PM PDT by Parley Baer
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To: Behind Liberal Lines

5 min from my house


9 posted on 10/22/2010 8:49:38 PM PDT by Revelation 911 (How many 100's of 1000's of our servicemen died so we would never bow to a king?" -freeper pnh102)
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To: Parley Baer

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.


10 posted on 10/22/2010 8:49:38 PM PDT by Darkwolf377 (All great civilizations, in their early stages, are based on success in war. -Kenneth Clark)
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To: Behind Liberal Lines

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.


11 posted on 10/22/2010 8:53:35 PM PDT by Rembrandt (.. AND the donkey you rode in on.)
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To: Behind Liberal Lines
His Facebook page
12 posted on 10/22/2010 8:54:55 PM PDT by buccaneer81 (ECOMCON)
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To: Behind Liberal Lines
Saved for posterity from his Facebook page, before the inevitable scrubbing:
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

13 posted on 10/22/2010 9:02:40 PM PDT by Behind Liberal Lines
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To: Behind Liberal Lines

I’m truly surprised that Ithaca doesn’t turn out many more such ... MODEL Citizens.


14 posted on 10/22/2010 9:13:30 PM PDT by gwilhelm56 (NAACP ... Your RACE CARD has been declined.. it's Over the LIMIT!)
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To: Behind Liberal Lines

This moron does understand that Bush hasn’t been President for almost 2 YEARS!

Good grief.


15 posted on 10/22/2010 9:27:39 PM PDT by Shadowstrike (Be polite, Be professional, but have a plan to kill everyone you meet.)
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To: Behind Liberal Lines

Clearly, this a case of a “batty man”.


16 posted on 10/22/2010 9:33:30 PM PDT by GladesGuru (In a society predicated upon freedom, it is essential to examine principles,)
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To: Behind Liberal Lines

George Stephanopolis?


17 posted on 10/22/2010 9:34:33 PM PDT by Zuben Elgenubi
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To: Behind Liberal Lines

Wow, handcuffs and a flare gun? I can’t even imagine his crazy plans.


18 posted on 10/22/2010 9:42:02 PM PDT by dog breath
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To: Behind Liberal Lines

Was he wearing a diaper?


19 posted on 10/22/2010 9:54:20 PM PDT by TigersEye (Who crashed the markets on 9/28/08 and why?)
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To: Revelation 911

My husband lived some where near you until he was 7!


20 posted on 10/22/2010 10:01:40 PM PDT by MacMattico
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To: Behind Liberal Lines

...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.


21 posted on 10/22/2010 10:34:21 PM PDT by PghBaldy (Like the Ft Hood Killer, James Earl Ray was just stressed when he killed MLK Jr.)
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To: Behind Liberal Lines

The guy’s a day late and a dollar short, isn’t he?


22 posted on 10/22/2010 10:43:27 PM PDT by SuziQ
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To: Behind Liberal Lines
NPR has a slot available for a guy like him.

23 posted on 10/22/2010 10:56:50 PM PDT by I see my hands (_8(|)
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To: Behind Liberal Lines

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.


24 posted on 10/22/2010 11:13:29 PM PDT by Ronbo1948
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To: Behind Liberal Lines
From the article: shortly after the telephone call Rotunno turned himself into the Owego police.

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.

25 posted on 10/23/2010 4:38:24 PM PDT by YankeeinOkieville (Obamanation [oh-bom-uh-nay-shuhn] n. -- ignorance and arrogance in the highest offices)
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To: YankeeinOkieville

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.


26 posted on 10/23/2010 5:11:57 PM PDT by Behind Liberal Lines
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To: PghBaldy

“”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!


27 posted on 10/23/2010 6:07:35 PM PDT by Thank You Rush
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To: Behind Liberal Lines

Was this Greek bearing a gift?


28 posted on 10/23/2010 6:11:19 PM PDT by Revolting cat! (Let us prey!)
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To: Behind Liberal Lines

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.


29 posted on 10/23/2010 7:02:35 PM PDT by YankeeinOkieville (Obamanation [oh-bom-uh-nay-shuhn] n. -- ignorance and arrogance in the highest offices)
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To: YankeeinOkieville

Ah, now I see it. Your eyes are sharper than mine. Good catch.


30 posted on 10/23/2010 7:09:56 PM PDT by Behind Liberal Lines
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