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Obama Connecticut threat: Police on high alert after finding suspicious vehicle

Car tied to suspected threat against Obama found in Connecticut
Car tied to suspected threat against Obama found in Connecticut
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Connecticut State Police and the Secret Service are on alert for a possible threat against the life of President of the United States, Barack Obama, who is visiting the region, officials said. “Information has been received by law enforcement regarding a potentially suspicious person and vehicle. We are working with our local law enforcement partners to determine the validity of the information provided,” a Secret Service spokesman said.

According to a report from Reuters on Aug. 30, a car sought in connection with the threat against the president has been located in Connecticut. State Police spokesman Lt. Paul Vance said the the car was found near an ice rink and a group of apartment complexes. The vehicle was identified as a 2014 Volkswagen Jetta and it was found late Friday night in Hamden, a suburb of New Haven, The Courant said in its report.

Although officials didn't reveal many details regarding the nature of the threat, the suspect could possibly be armed with an assault rifle. "We have taken all appropriate investigative steps in this matter, based on the information we received yesterday about a suspicious vehicle and person," U.S. Secret Service spokesperson Nicole Mainor said on Saturday. "There have been no arrests or charges brought in this case at this point."

The president was in Rhode Island on Friday before heading to fundraising events in New York. Hamden is situated about 160 kilometers from Newport, Rhode Island, and halfway between two fundraising functions in which Obama attended on Friday night.