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Arrest warrant issued for Daniel James Murray, man 'on a mission to kill' President Obama
The gun-loving former New Yorker being sought Friday for threatening to kill President Obama was known in his old neighborhood as the "Cape Man" of Blue Jay Way.


Daniel James Murray purportedly made the threats against the President while withdrawing $13,000 from his bank account.

Daniel James Murray, who sparked a nationwide federal manhunt by telling a Utah bank manager he was "on a mission to kill" Obama, used to amble through the streets of upstate Rexford, wearing a black cape and muttering to himself, his former neighbors said.


President Barack Obama as he delivered his historic speech at the University of Cairo on June 4, 2009. A manhunt is on for a man who made threats against the president's life at a Utah bank.

"Everybody started calling him 'Cape Man,' " said Leighann Anastasia, who lives two doors down from the modest but nicely maintained house Murray once called home on Blue Jay Way.

"He was a little whacked out, it was obvious," added another former neighbor, Sam Masrouri.

Murray, 36, lived with an elderly couple who the neighbors believe were his parents. They moved out last December to an unknown destination, the neighbors said.

The property used to be dotted with assorted religious statues, including a "glowing cross" in the back yard by the tool shed, Anastasia said.

Murray - last seen heading east and driving a blue 2001 Buick LeSabre with New York plates - purportedly threatened Obama on May 27 after withdrawing nearly $13,000 from a bank in the town of St. George, Utah, court papers say.

"We are on a mission to kill the President of the United States," Murray reportedly said before he split.
Murray returned the next day and withdrew his remaining $72,000. He was spotted later that day at another bank in Cedar City, Utah.

Wearing glasses and a scraggly beard, Murray was dressed in a black T-shirt with the words, "My way is the highway--- God" emblazoned across the chest with a Christian cross sprouting wings, sources said.

Murray's pursuers are concerned because he has money to burn - and because he has at least eight registered semi-automatic pistols and revolvers. But they rate his threat to Obama "more aspirational than operational."

"He's obviously a little off his stride, which becomes more of a concern for police officers who might stop his car," a federal law enforcement source told the Daily News.

While little is known about Murray, he apparently blames Obama for the economic meltdown that began under the Bush administration.

"With all this mess going on under President Obama with banks and the economy, I'm sure if citizens happen to lose their money, they will rise up and we could see killing and deaths," he reportedly ranted on May 19, when he opened a savings account at the Utah bank with $85,000.

Eight days later, Murray returned and tried to withdraw $12,698. He flipped out when a teller turned him down because he lacked proper identification.

"Not to be disrespectful, but if I don't get this money, someone is going to die," he said, the court say.
The teller then fetched the bank manager, who okayed Murray's withdrawal. He also agreed to Murray's request for no bills larger than $50 - and in non-sequential order.

While the teller counted out the money, court paper say Murray declared:

"We are 94 million miles from the sun, and are in between the sun and moon, and the eagle that flies between them and it's a giant step for mankind ... I have traveled thousands of miles to be here and know things that are going to happen ... The banking system will fail and people will die ... There will be chaos in the world."

Then Murray blurted out his assassination threat and left, authorities say.

Murray, who had recently been in California, Utah, Georgia, Oklahoma and possibly Texas, was born July 12, 1972, stands 6-foot-2, and weighs 250 pounds.


Posted By: Devon Marshall
Friday, June 5th 2009 at 7:37PM
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