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Colorado Man Charged After Threats Towards Presdient and Mall of America

A 20-year-old southwestern Colorado man surrendered at the FBI's office in Durango after being indicted on charges to kill President Obama and bomb the Mall of America.

According to the U.S. Attorney's office, Timothy Ryan Gutierrez, of Cortez, Colo., surrendered Thursday after being indicted Tuesday in federal court in Denver and was being held without bail.

The Star Tribune reported Gutierrez allegedly e-mailed the FBI on Jan. 12, writing “I'm going to assassinate the new president of the United States of America. PS you have 48 hours to stop it from happening.?

Gutierrez also e-mailed a threat against the Mall of America; “I have rigged 40 pounds of C4 [a moldable plastic explosive] ... and my favorite TNT to 7 cars outside the Mall of America.?

Mall officials were informed of the threat by the FBI and Bloomington police, said Maureen Bausch, the mall's executive vice president of business development.

The mall was given the all clear after it was determined “the threat wasn't valid? and nothing suspicious was found.

Gutierrez faces one count of transmission of threats and one count of falsely threatening to use explosives.

Gutierrez told the Cortez Journal that the threats were a prank.

Michael Goldman, Gutierrez's assigned attorney, told The Associated Press he didn't want anyone to rush to judgment.