A Lawrence man who allegedly threatened to kill President Barack Obama via Twitter was arraigned Friday on nine firearms charges in Lawrence District Court, according to multiple reports.
Stephen Perrotti, 28, allegedly threatened to kill the President “even if it takes a lifetime,’’ according to a police report obtained by the Eagle-Tribune. The arraignment is in connection with a US Secret Service investigation into the alleged threats, according to the Eagle-Tribune.
Perrotti was arrested on Thursday after the Secret Service contacted Lawrence Police about the threats, according to CBS. Secret Service agents and Lawrence police officers went to Perrotti’s residence and searched the premises.
According to The Boston Globe:
[Essex District Attorney Jonathan] Blodgett spokeswoman Carrie Kimball Monahan said five large capacity firearms were found inside his residence on Byron Avenue Thursday night, leading to Perrotti being charged with five counts of illegal possession of large capacity firearms.
The firearms included an AR-15 assault rifle. Three scopes, four high-capacity magazines, and ammunition were also allegedly in his possession.
Perrotti will return to court on September 8th for a dangerousness hearing. He is being held without bail.