Elizabeth Man Accused Of Discussing Terrorist Threats On Amtrak Train

Ojore Nuru Lutalo

LA JUNTA, Colo – An Elizabeth man who alarmed passengers on a train in Colorado this week is free on $30,000 bond, according to authorities.

Ojore Nuru Lutalo, 64, faces a felony charge of endangering public transportation. He was arrested in La Junta, Colo. on Tuesday night after passengers reported overhearing a suspicious cell phone conversation, according to authorities.


According to a police affidavit, two passengers alleged that they overheard Lutalo say that he hadn’t killed anyone yet. He also allegedly said, “Are you willing to go to jail with me? This Homeland Security thing is serious. They are going to do to you what they did to me.

“We have to work in small groups. They can hold you for 18 months. Do they have security on these trains? Are you with me or not?”

According to the affidavit, a passenger also alleged that Lutalo mentioned al-Qaida, saying, “17th century tactics won’t work, we have 21st century tactics.”

Lutalo was unarmed when he was arrested, but he was carrying literature from an anarchist group called the Afrikan Liberation Army, authorities said.

Lutalo was released from a New Jersey prison in August after serving a 27-year term for aggravated assault, robbery and weapons possession.

Photo courtesy of the NJ Department of Corrections

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