CMU student arrested for threat against President Obama
Man held on mental health hold
A suburban Denver man has been arrested after accusations that he threatened to shoot children, kill people on Halloween and kill President Barack Obama.
Mitchell Kenneth Kusick, of Westminster, was being held Tuesday on a federal charge of threats against a president. He identified himself as a student at Colorado Mesa University.
Officials with Colorado Mesa University contacted KJCT Wednesday afternoon. They confirmed that Kusick is an online student at CMU; they were surprised to learn of his arrest.
They said Kusick qualified for an academic scholarship that requires a high school G.P.A. of 3.75 and an ACT score of 29 or higher.
University officials say they've taken appropriate action to maintain the safety of students, faculty and staff on all of their campuses.
Jefferson County court records show he told his therapist about wanting to shoot students at a trick-or-treat event at Standley Lake High School.
The police report indicated Kusick wanted to commit the shootings so he could go down in “infamy.”
According to the arrest affidavit, Kusick claimed that he wasn't really focused on President Obama but that he was more contemplating assassinating a political figure because he would get a lot of fame and attention from that.
Federal court records say Kusick took a shotgun from his aunt's house, tried to buy ammunition, then told his therapist about his plan.
The therapist called police, and Kusick went to a hospital, where he was placed on a mental health hold.
According to the arrest affidavit, Kusick said that he had trained in how to shoot an assault rifle at a firing range in Grand Junction.
KJCT is speaking with Colorado Mesa University officials to learn more about Kusick's enrollment at the school.
We'll deliver the most current details as they become available.
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