A man from Utah is in trouble with federal authorities after he played a practical joke on a colleague in which he threatened to hijack a plane and assassinate President Barack Obama.
According to Federal prosecutors, Jeremiah Douglas Hill wrote a note containing the threats last August and placed it inside a colleague's travel case at the Hill Air Force Base, north of Salt Lake City. Reuters reports that the note, according to court papers filed on Wednesday in U.S. District Court in Salt Lake City, read:
"1. Hijack Plane
2. Kill Obama"Desert News reports that Transportation Security Administration (TSA) screeners found the note and an FBI investigation was launched before the man's colleague could board a Delta Air Lines flight to Tucson, Arizona.
But Hill, 31, told FBI and Secret Service agents that he intended the note as a practical joke. He said that he "placed the note partially sticking out so that his co-worker would see it." According to AP, Hill said he had believed his colleague would see it before passing through security.
AP reports prosecutors charged Hill on Wednesday with one misdemeanor count of making a false alarm and intentionally circulating a false warning of plane hijacking.
Richard Essary, public affairs officer at the Hill Air Force Base, said Hill is a civilian employee at the base.