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Amtrak passenger arrested over threats

Associated Press / January 30, 2010

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LA JUNTA, Colo. - An Amtrak passenger who talked about terrorist threats on a cellphone was pulled from the train and faces a felony charge of endangering public transportation.

Ojore Nuru Lutalo, 64, who was recently released from prison, was arrested Tuesday on an Amtrak passage from Los Angeles to Chicago. Passengers on the train alerted authorities after hearing the man from Elizabeth, N.J., mention Al Qaeda and make threats in phone conversation.

Police said passengers overheard Lutalo saying he hadn’t killed anyone yet, and that he talked about going to jail.

Passengers say the man said: “We have to work in small groups. They can hold you for 18 months. Do they have security on these trains? Are you with me or not?’’

Lutalo was taken into custody at the La Junta train station in southeastern Colorado. Police said he was not armed or carrying explosives. He was carrying propaganda for an anarchist group called Afrikan Liberation Army.