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Former Soldier Detained
Wednesday, 08 September 2010

September 8-- Robert Anthony Quinones, 29, of Hinesville, Georgia, was ordered temporarily detained without bond by United States Magistrate Judge GR Smith.  Quinones’ detention arises from federal charges filed Tuesday after his arrest on Fort Stewart Military Reservation. 

Quinones was charged with assaulting and kidnapping military personnel and with threatening to kill President Barack Obama and former President Bill Clinton.  According to the criminal complaint, Quinones entered the Winn Army Community Hospital at Fort Stewart yesterday morning carrying four firearms, and took three hospital workers hostage.  Quinones later surrendered without further incident.  During interviews with investigating agents, Quinones then allegedly described his plans and preparations to kill President Obama and former President Clinton.    

 United States Attorney Edward J. Tarver praised the United States Army Criminal Investigation Division for their expert resolution of a delicate hostage negotiation without further injury or loss of life.  Mr. Tarver also praised the joint investigation by the Federal Bureau of Investigation and the United States Secret Service.   Tarver emphasized that a criminal complaint is merely an accusation and is not evidence of guilt.

The case is being prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney Frederick W. Kramer III.
 
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