Man Arrested Following Threats Against Bush


Raymond Boelens, 26, currently being held in a Los Angeles County jail, has been named as the suspect in the Nov. 1 threat on President Bush's life as well as bomb threats made to local law enforcement agencies.

Boelens was taken into custody by the Secret Service Nov. 1, in Palmdale, Calif.

The Gila County Sheriff's Office and Payson Police department received a number of collect calls from a male subject beginning at 2:37 am. Nov. 1. The first call warned of a bomb at local business. The next call was at 2:48 a.m., when the caller said the jail would blow up in 12 hours. At 2:55 a.m., he told the dispatcher, "you have five minutes to live."

During one of the calls he stated, "the president will die, just like you."

This was followed by two additional calls at 3:04 a.m., and 3:08 a.m., in which the caller stated, "call the FBI" and "tell the FBI to cram it."

The calls were traced to an address in Palmdale. Due to the threat against the president, federal officers were notified and within hours took Boelens into custody.

Boelens, a former resident of Payson, has not yet been charged by federal officials. However, Gila County is extraditing him on outstanding felony warrants.

Boelens, according to Sheriff's Det. George Ratliff, waived extradition and will be brought to Gila County, where he will be interviewed concerning the threats.

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