Obama Threat Gets Serious

LINDEN—John Brek, 55 of Linden, has been charged by state authorities with making threats against President Obama, receiving stolen property, and possession of hollow point bullets, but he may also face criminal complaints in federal court.

The guard at Newark Liberty International Airport who was allegedly overheard saying he’d “cut a hole in a fence to be able to shoot” Barack Obama pleaded not guilty Thursday before Municipal Judge Amilkar Velez-Lopez via video feed from the Essex County Jail.


Brek’s employer, FJC Security Services, Inc., has millions of dollars worth of government contracts to provide guards at agencies throughout New York and New Jersey.

Brek has been held on a $220,000 bail bond since he was arrested the night before Obama was due to arrive in New Jersey.

Police who searched Brek’s home found eight handguns and 35 rifles that were owned legally but they also found 50 rounds of 44-caliber, 240 grain-jacketed Remington hollow point bullets—infamously referred to as “cop-killer” bullets because they can pierce police bullet-proof vests—and a rifle that was reported stolen 11 years ago in Alabama.

The United States Secret Service, the Port Authority Police and the Essex County Prosecutor’s Office are handling the investigation jointly.

According to the complaint, on Tuesday, Oct 20, at about 5:40 p.m., while he was working outside Continental Cargo Building 157, Brek allegedly stated to another airport employee that he cut a hole in the fence to be able to shoot the President, that he was just a short distance away, and simulated holding a rifle in the direction of where the President would be.

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