• Investigators find AR-15 in home of Lawrence man accused of threatening Obama


    LAWRENCE, Mass. (MyFoxBoston.com) -- A Lawrence man was held without bail Friday after police say he threatened to kill President Barack Obama.

    The Essex County District Attorney's office said Stephen Perrotti, 28, is facing multiple gun charges after his arrest Thursday.

    Secret Service agents visited the Lawrence Police Department late Thursday morning to share information on Perrotti with detectives. They told Lawrence police Perrotti was accused of writing, "I am going to kill Obama, even if it takes a lifetime," on his Twitter account. Both Lawrence detectives and the agents then visited Perrotti's Byron Avenue home in an attempt to contact him.

    Perrotti drove up to the home after the investigators arrived. He indicated he wasn't going to lie, and reportedly admitted to making threats via Twitter. During the conversation, Perrotti admitted to having a rifle in his home that he purchased from a friend. Both Perrotti and his mother, who arrived during the interview, agreed to a search of the home.

    Police said they found an AR-15 style rifle with bipod, scopes, and three 30-round magazines during the search.

    Investigators said Perrotti's mother was disturbed to learn her son was in possession of any weapons and that she expressed concern for his mental health.

    People who live in his neighborhood say Perrotti moved in a few months ago and they had no idea he caught the attention of the Secret Service.

    "I think it's like really shocking, and crazy that someone next door to me is doing this," one neighbor said.

    A Twitter account with Perrotti's name tweeted similar statements in the past, including this one from 2012: "When I said I wanted to kill the president, I meant politically."

    Perrotti is due in court for a probable cause hearing Aug. 8.

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