WESTMINSTER, Colo. (CBS4) – A Westminster man faces charges of threatening the president, and prosecutors say he also wanted to kill students at a trick-or-treat event.
Details in the criminal complaint outline what police call a credible threat, although the school says the children were never in any danger.
Mitchell Kusick is accused of making plans to shoot children at Standley Lake High School.
The criminal complaint says Kusick went to his aunt and uncle’s house and took one of their guns and hid it inside their home. In a meeting with his therapist on Oct. 29 Kusick allegedly revealed that he had planned to use the gun to kill children at the school on Halloween.
He then allegedly was planning on continuing to shoot and hoped to plan to draw police into a gunfight.
According to the document, Kusick had homicidal fantasies on a daily basis for the past five or six years and he was obsessed with the Columbine shootings, Virginia Tech shootings and the Jessica Ridgeway case.
Kusick also allegedly admitted that he wanted to assassinate President Barack Obama. He said he had been keeping track of his travel schedule, and wanted to go down in history as “the guy who killed Obama.”
When Kusick was interviewed by the Secret Service, he said he was interested in snipers and had studied the Aurora movie theater shooting and suspect James Holmes’ case. He told the agent “I share an understanding of his (Holmes’) situation.”
After the meeting the therapist allegedly told Kusick to go to the hospital, and she contacted police.
Officials with JeffCo Schools said in a statement that “at no time were children attending the Trick-or-Treat Street event in any danger from the suspect because he was already in police custody.” It goes on to say “we appreciate the swift response from law enforcement and Jeffco district security which helped keep our students safe.”
Kusick remains in custody.