TribLIVE

| News


 
Larger text Larger text Smaller text Smaller text | Order Photo Reprints

Homeless man arrested in Carnegie Library, accused of threatening president, police

Thursday, Feb. 28, 2013, 12:01 a.m.
 

A homeless Pittsburgh man, accused of making a series of threatening phone calls to police officers in Washington County and Minnesota, and giving the Secret Service a letter that threatened President Obama, was found sitting in a North Side library, surfing the Internet.

James Bradley Hoop, 57, was taken into custody on Tuesday evening in the Carnegie Library on Woods Run Avenue by Pittsburgh police Officers Anthony Beatty and Paul Abel, who had received information that Hoop was often there.

Hoop was arraigned Wednesday on warrants charging him with making terroristic threats to a state policeman in Washington County and several officers in Burnsville, Minn., where Dakota County authorities want him extradited. Hoop remains in the Allegheny County Jail.

According to the complaints:

Hoop came to the Secret Service office in Pittsburgh in October, carrying two cans of pepper spray and a letter written by someone else that threatened the president. He called back later, threatening to shoot anyone who came looking for him.

He called state police in October, threatening a trooper. He laughed and whispered the word “homicide” in the calls to Burnsville, saying he was off his medicine and that he and his brother were professional shooters who had two squads of men coming to Minnesota.

Michael Hasch is a staff writer for Trib Total Media.

 

 
 


Show commenting policy

Most-Read Allegheny

  1. 2014 has been among deadliest for the world’s airline industry
  2. Pittsburgh police officers reprimanded in Banksville restaurant robbery
  3. Residents, search panel refine profile of Pittsburgh police chief
  4. Fox Chapel native to take part in documenting sunken D-Day invasion craft
  5. Kaufman Foundation awards research grants to schools, including Pitt, CMU
  6. Newsmaker: Charles H. “Chip” Dougherty Jr.
  7. Northgate school to undergo cleaning, following MRSA infection report
  8. Moon Area board reconfigures elementary buildings, votes again to close school and explore merging with Cornell
  9. Pittsburgh police union: Video, photos support officer who made PrideFest arrest
  10. 1 intruder killed, other shot and wounded in Carrick home invasion
  11. Ukrainian festival will go on in McKees Rocks despite crisis in homeland
Subscribe today! Click here for our subscription offers.