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GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. — A man was charged Friday with making a threat against the life of Vice President Dick Cheney during his campaign visit to Michigan, the U.S. attorney’s office said.
Homer O. Shoup Jr. of Wayland made the threats in a 911 call Friday morning, U.S. Attorney Margaret Chiara said in a statement. Authorities apprehended him a few hours later in Grand Rapids around the time Cheney was about an hour’s drive away in Dimondale, Mich., for a rally, Michigan state police said.
Cheney spokeswoman Anne Womack referred all questions to the Secret Service, which said it was investigating.
Police tracked down Shoup at a park in Grand Rapids where they found in his van a propane gas tank, a full 5-gallon gasoline tank and three empty metallic trash cans.
Before making the 911 call, Shoup dropped off at Grand Rapids station WOOD-TV a videotape and letters that explained his plan, Chiara said.
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