Connecticut police arrested a man for using a BB gun-like rifle near President Obama’s motorcade route in Bloomfield.
Joseph Stravinskas, 27, was pacing the road on Monday and then pulled out the gun as the motorcade approached on its way back to Bradley Airport, according to police. Obama was returning from a speech on gun control he had just given at the University of Hartford.
Stravinskas was charged with threatening, breach of peace and interfering with police, Capt. Stephen Hajdasz told the Hartford Courant on Tuesday.
Authorities said they heard rustling in a lightly wooded area near the intersection of Central Ave. and Route 218. They found Stravinskas aiming the gun at cans. Hajdasz said the man was not cooperative. They took him into custody by force for suspicious behavior. Stravinskas told police he was only visiting friends on Central Ave.
The Secret Service visited the police department to interview Stravinskas, who is homeless. His bail was set at $15,000. He should be arraigned Tuesday at Hartford Superior Court.
Relatives of the victims at Sandy Hook Elementary School attended Obama's speech. He was on his way, with 12 family members, to Bradley Airport to take Air Force One back to Washington D.C.