Ohio State Highway Patrol
troopers stopped a trucker Dec. 22 who was wanted in connection
with threats made against the White House via his CB radio. Secret
Service agents said Norayr Avetisyan, 27, of Glendale, CA, charged
in the Southern District Federal Court in Indiana and is awaiting
his initial court appearance at U.S. Federal District Court in Montgomery
Ohio troopers made the stop,
but the threat was actually made in Indiana. Ohio state police said
in a press release that Avetisyan was traveling eastbound on Interstate
70 when he made the threats during a conversation on his CB radio
near Indianapolis. Authorities from the Indiana State Police were
contacted by a caller using cellular 9-1-1 who provided information
that alleged Avetisyan was planning to detonate explosives at the
White House that were part of the freight shipment he was transporting.
Sgt. Robin Schmutz, Ohio
State Highway Patrol Public Affairs Unit, told Land Line it was
not known if the Indiana caller who contacted authorities with this
information was a trucker.
"It was someone who heard
the threat over the CB," said Sgt. Schmutz, "so it could have very
well been another trucker."
All area law enforcement
agencies were notified and troopers opened the eastbound scales
in Preble County in an attempt to stop Avetisyan. At 1:15 p.m.,
troopers stopped him at the scales.
"We are obligated to take
reports like this seriously and follow through, no matter what,"
said Schmutz. "In Ohio, we take homeland security very seriously."
Authorities contacted U.S.
Secret Service agents and FBI Joint Terrorist Task Force members
that later reported to the scene. Avetisyan was incarcerated in
the Montgomery County Jail.
-- By Sandi Soendker,