Ohio terror plot suspect charged with threats against Trump

February 13, 2019 GMT

CLEVELAND (AP) — Federal prosecutors say a man accused of scouting locations in Cleveland for a July 4 terrorist attack that never occurred also made threats to kill President Donald Trump and his family.

Additional charges filed Tuesday alleges 49-year-old Demetrius Pitts, of Maple Heights, made threats last June to kidnap and harm Trump.

The charges were added to an indictment handed up in January accusing Pitts of attempting to provide material support to Al-Qaida. Prosecutors say an FBI operative gave Pitts a cellphone and bus pass so he could travel to downtown Cleveland to scout locations for an attack during holiday fireworks.

Pitts was arrested July 2, the day after discussing a truck-bomb attack in Philadelphia.

Messages seeking comment were left Wednesday with Pitts’ federal public defender.