ATLANTA -- A man arrested in Gwinnett County was arraigned Wednesday on federal allegations that he used Facebook to threaten the life of President Obama.
According to information released by the U.S. Attorney's Office, Patrick Randell McIntosh, 28, of Charleston, S.C., posted on his Facebook page about his intentions to shoot patrons of a "local Atlanta lounge," and to "kill the President of the United States."
"After posting the various threats, the defendant purchased three firearms from individuals who advertised weapons for sale," a spokesman said.
McIntosh also threatened a specific woman in the Atlanta area, authorities said, who contacted Gwinnett County law enforcement and reported that he was stalking her. She gave police information for the motel where McIntosh was staying, and he was placed under arrest.
Gwinnett County Detention Center records showed that sheriff's deputies booked McIntosh into the jail on Oct. 4. Jail records also listed a number of McIntosh's tattoos, including a sickle and hammer and the flag of the Khmer Rouge, the brutal Communist party that ruled Cambodia and engaged in genocide during the 1970s."McIntosh is charged with making violent and disturbing threats online and via email to several people, including a threat to the life of the President of the United States," U.S. Attorney Sally Quillian Yates said in a statement. "Many state, local and federal law enforcement agencies have worked together to bring this potentially dangerous man into custody to protect the citizens of the United States."
Originally investigated by the Atlanta Police Department, the case is being worked by the Joint Terrorism Task Force, which includes agents from the Federal Bureau of Investigation, the United States Secret Service and the Federal Air Marshal Service.
McIntosh was formally indicted in January for threatening the President and "illegally possessing three firearms and a large amount of ammunition while under indictment for a felony offense." He had been out on bond after being indicted in South Carolina on felony stalking charges.
The firearms charge carries a maximum sentence of five years in prison, while the threat presents the possibility of 10 years incarceration.