COOK COUNTY CRIMINAL COURTHOUSE — A man recently released from Cook County Jail wound up behind bars again after officials realized he used a jail phone to threaten President Barack Obama and the first family, prosecutors said.
Larry Harrold, of Lyons, was being held on a domestic violence case on March 4 when he made multiple calls to the office of the Cook County Public Defender in Rolling Meadows and told a receptionist there that he hated Obama and first lady Michelle Obama, prosecutors said.
He threatened to blow up Air Force One and made additional threats against the president and the White House, prosecutors said.
Harrold was released from jail for a pending domestic violence case on March 12, according to court records. On Wednesday, police arrested him and charged Harrold with telephone harassment for allegedly making the threatening phone calls.
Harrold, who did not appear in court Friday because he was at the hospital with undisclosed health problems, was ordered held on $500,000 bail.