WASHINGTON, D.C. (WTNH) – Police are searching for a reported suspicious person driving a vehicle with Connecticut plates who may have threatened President Barack Obama, according to authorities.
A United States Secret Service official said the agency and police are investigating the report’s validity, but the official did not release further details.
Authorities said that the person might be armed with an assault rifle and is driving a car with Connecticut plates. The vehicle was described as a 2014 blue Volkswagen Jetta. Connecticut State Police confirmed they are looking for the car.
President Obama landed in Air Force One at Westchester County Airport just before 2 p.m. on Friday before heading to fundraising events in New York, NBC New York reported. He is expected to land at Green Airport in Warwick, Rhode Island on Friday evening. Local police in New York received reports that someone possibly trying to harm the president was headed in that direction in the Jetta.
A number of police bulletins went out in New York and Connecticut searching for the car, but so far there have been no reports that the vehicle has been found.
The president is scheduled to fly back to the White House Friday later evening.
The Secret Service sent out the following statement on the incident:
“Information has been received by law enforcement regarding a potentially suspicious person and vehicle. We are working with our local law enforcement partners to determine the validity of the information provided.”
Stay tuned for more details.