Crime

Massachusetts man due in court on charges of threatening Obama, mosques

BOSTON (AP) — A Massachusetts man accused of stockpiling weapons and threatening to assassinate President Barack Obama, bomb police stations and attack a mosque is due in court for a detention hearing.

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Joseph Garguilo is scheduled to appear in U.S. District Court in Boston on Wednesday.

The 40-year-old Holliston man was arrested last month on a charge of possessing ammunition, which violated the terms of a recent restraining order filed by his ex-wife.

The FBI says a raid of his home turned up assault rifle parts, incendiary materials, ammunition and handwritten notes threatening violence against Muslims.

A friend told federal authorities that he was afraid Garguilo was “about to snap.”

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Garguilo’s attorney, Mark Meehan, says his client “denies making any threats to anybody.” Garguilo is being held without bail.