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Border Patrol calls Secret Service after man threatens president

Emil Whitis • Mar 25, 2013 at 12:22 PM

Gravity doesn’t exist. Bayshore Road is the gateway to hell. 

They’re just two of a tangle of statements made Saturday by a man claiming to be Dwight Eisenhower’s illegitimate son and Peter Pan at Avery’s Cafe. 

And that was before he allegedly threatened to “kill Obama,” according to witnesses. 

Soon after, Marblehead police arrested the man, Robert Dale Pierce, and his wife, Catherine Marie Pierce, then turned them over to Border Patrol agents. 

Agents, in turn, held the Pierces at the U.S. Border Patrol’s Sandusky Bay station just outside Port Clinton for questioning by U.S. Secret Service agents, according to a Marblehead police report. 

It all started at about 12:30 p.m. when police got a call from a frightened cafe employee. 

“I received a call from (a cafe employee) who stated that he had a male and a female in Avery’s Cafe and they were making threats towards the President of the United States,” a report said. “He also advised that they were heading to Washington, D.C., to make some things straight. (The employee) also stated that the couple seemed very unstable and his staff feared that this couple may follow through with the threats.” 

Police dropped the phone and raced to the 300 block of Main Street.

After talking with cafe staff, officers tracked down the couple’s Colorado-plated rental car in a nearby parking lot. As police ran the plates the Pierces walked up and asked if there was a problem. 

Officers told told them about the allegations and asked for identification. At about that time a U.S. Border Patrol cruiser rolled by. Police flagged it down and brought agents up to speed. 

Agents called the U.S. Secret Service, who said they were very interested in speaking with the Pierces. 

Police handcuffed the couple then turned their attention to the rental car. 

Inside the car police found a disassembled .22-caliber rifle with a shell in the chamber, a small black bag bulging with .22 and .38-caliber rounds and six bottles of oxycodone pills, according to a report. 

In Robert’s pockets police found five cell phone batteries, four pocket knives and a container of suspected marijuana seeds. 

Since the couple is being held in a Border Patrol compound information is scarce. It’s unknown what, if any, charges have been filed. 

“We’re not able to give out any information about who we detain,” a Border Patrol supervisor said.

The agent also refused to identify himself although he did provide another number to call. 

A Border Patrol public relations officer later clarified. He said Border Patrol was just holding the suspects for the U.S. Secret Service — any inquiries would have to be directed elsewhere. 

The public relations officer provided a number to the U.S. Secret Service’s Toledo office. 

Surprisingly, nobody picked up. 

Meanwhile, Marblehead residents didn’t know what to think. 

“The guy was making tons of crazy statements,” one witness who didn’t want to be named said. “Somebody told me they’d been in town for two days and threatened a real estate agent the day before.” 

“This kind of thing just doesn’t happen out here.”

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