MIAMI, FL -- A man is being held in Florida by federal authorities on charges of threatening to assassinate Democratic presidential candidate Barack Obama.
Raymond Hunter Geisel was ordered held without bail Thursday at a brief court hearing.
The Secret Service said Geisel made the threat during a training class for bail bondsmen in Miami in late July. Another tipster said Geisel also threatened President George W. Bush.
A search of Geisel's SUV and hotel room uncovered a loaded handgun, knives, dozens of rounds of ammunition, body armor and a machete. The SUV was wired with emergency lights.
Geisel told the Secret Service he was originally from Bangor. He contended he made no threat against either Obama or the president.
Authorities in Maine said Geisel pleaded guilty to a charge of criminal threatening after a 2007 incident and spent 48 hours in a Bangor jail.
Police in Hampden, a town just outside of Bangor, received a complaint from Geisel's brother on Oct. 18, 2007, that Geisel had threatened him with a knife, Hampden police Sgt. Dan Stewart said.
Geisel was charged with criminal threatening and terrorizing; the second charge was later dropped.