Gunman charged with threatening president

By Christy Hutchings - bio | email

FORT STEWART, GA (WTOC) - The Federal Bureau of Investigation has identified the Fort Stewart gunman who took three people hostage as 29-year-old Robert Anthony Quinones of Hinesville Georgia.

Quinones is not only facing kidnapping and assault charges, but for threatening both President Barack Obama and former President Bill Clinton.

The question many people wanted answered: How did he get on base in the first place?  It turns out that Quinones actually worked as a civilian on base so he had no problem getting through the gates Monday morning.

The FBI tells us Quinones went to Winn Community Army Hospital, walked in the door, carrying two hand guns and two high powered rifles, and demanded help for mental issues.  He took three people hostage.  Less than two hours into it, he surrendered.

But that's not where this story ends. The FBI says while being questioned by federal agents Quinones said he planned to kill the President, as well as former president Bill Clinton.

The threats against the President could get Quinones up to five years in jail.  As for the kidnapping and assault charges, those penalties can range anywhere from eight years to life.

He's expected to have his first court appearance Wednesday in Savannah.

Fortunately no one was hurt during the incident, but Quinones did have some very dangerous weapons with him. Investigators say the two assault rifles are some of the deadliest available. He had an MP-5 which can fire several hundred rounds per minute, and an AR-15 which can fire to 800 rounds a minute. It's unclear how much ammunition he actually had on him.

Quinones is a former soldier.  He was stationed at Fort Benning between 2008 and 2009. We don't know if that was the last place he was stationed, nor is it clear why he was discharged from the military back in February.

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