- The Washington Times - Thursday, September 5, 2002

A New Hampshire man who purportedly told investigators he was upset with President Bush was taken into custody about 2 miles north of the White House yesterday after law enforcement agents found 10 rifles and six handguns in his rental car.
Secret Service agents and D.C. police arrested Jeffrey Cloutier, 33, at around 12:30 p.m. in the 1700 block of Euclid Street NW.
Law enforcement sources told The Washington Times yesterday that Mr. Cloutier, who is in the custody of the Secret Service, said Mr. Bush was doing a poor job and that he was going to "take care of him and take over."
He has not formally been charged, but is expected to appear tomorrow at an initial court appearance, according to Secret Service spokesman Marc Connolly. A woman in the vehicle also was detained.
Local and federal officials were tipped off that the man was headed for the White House by police in Newport, N.H., where Mr. Cloutier lives.
The Secret Service forwarded the information to law enforcement agencies in Pennsylvania and the D.C. area. The car had been rented yesterday morning near Philadelphia.
Mr. Cloutier is being held for investigation of possessing unregistered firearms and ammunition. Both charges are misdemeanors carrying penalties of up to one year in jail. But if any of the handguns are found to be operable, Mr. Cloutier could also face felony charges and substantially more severe penalties.
Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms agents were called to the vehicle to process evidence. Agents were heard discussing the need to preserve fingerprints as part of their investigation.
Several bags and boxes taken from the vehicle were searched in the intersection of Euclid and 17th streets, which is about two miles north of the White House.
Authorities said Mr. Cloutier, when taken into custody, was wearing a T-shirt, jeans and bedroom slippers.
Marjorie Cloutier, his grandmother, told the Associated Press her grandson "needs help and he needs it bad."
She said her grandson has been having problems recently and sought help, but wasn't getting it. Still, the grandmother says she's unaware of any problems Mr. Cloutier might have had with Washington.
He reportedly told his mother and a cabdriver in New Hampshire that he was unhappy with the way things were going in the country.


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