Woman held in Hawaii for threatening to ‘blow away’ Michelle Obama

by Mark Niesse
Associated Press Writer

HONOLULU (AP)—A woman accused of telling the Secret Service she would “blow away” Michelle Obama was in federal custody Dec. 22 as the Obama family planned to travel to Hawaii.

Kristy Lee Roshia, 35, was charged with threatening a family member of the president and assaulting a federal agent after being arrested Dec. 19 less than two miles from the Kailua home where the Obama family planned to stay during a holiday visit.

CHARGED—This photo provided by the U.S. Secret Service shows Kristy Lee Roshia. Authorities say Roshia, accused of threatening to kill first lady Michelle Obama, is in federal custody in Honolulu.


Roshia called the Secret Service’s Boston office last month and told a receptionist, “I will kill Michelle Obama” and “I will kill Marines,” according to a Secret Service affidavit.

During the same call, she said she would “blow away” Michelle Obama, the document states.

A message left at the federal public defender’s office in Honolulu was not immediately returned.

Roshia has a history of leaving rambling messages and sending poems, love letters and photographs of herself to the Secret Service, according to the affidavit.

As early as 2004, she told the agency that “although her mission is to assassinate the president, she has no desire to hurt him,” the document states.

The affidavit said Roshia acknowledged to Secret Service agents before her arrest that she had threatened Michelle Obama.

It also says Roshia said she knew where Obama would be staying in Hawaii, and the reason she had traveled to Hawaii in September was “to protect Obama.”

Roshia was also charged with lunging at a Secret Service agent, striking him in the arms and face during her arrest.

A mental competency examination was ordered Dec. 23 by U.S. Magistrate Judge Barry Kurren at the request of prosecutors. The motion wasn’t opposed by federal Deputy Public Defender Shanlyn Park.

The 35-year-old Roshia will remain in custody. Kurren scheduled another hearing in the case for Feb. 9. She is being held without bail.

The Dec. 23 hearing came one day before President Barack Obama and his family arrived in Hawaii for a Christmas vacation.

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