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Bridgewater inmate charged with threatening to kill Obama

President Obama spoke in Vietnam on Monday.Luong Thai Linh/Associated Press/Pool

An inmate at a state prison in Bridgewater was charged Monday with threatening to kill President Obama, according to the US Attorney’s office.

Alex Hernandez, 31, of Worcester, was charged in US District Court in Boston with two counts of threatening to kill and inflict bodily harm, the office of US Attorney Carmen M. Ortiz said in a prepared statement.

In March 2015, Hernandez allegedly told a fellow inmate at Old Colony Correctional Center that he wanted to become a mujahideen, or an Islamic holy warrior, and kill Obama in a “lone-wolf style attack,” Ortiz’s office said.

He also allegedly told the inmate that he would be able to get a firearm after being released from prison and that he wanted to obtain false travel documents so he could flee the country after the assassination, according to the US attorney’s office. The inmate Hernandez confided in “was working as a cooperating witness in the investigation,” Ortiz’s office said.

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In November 2015, the cooperating inmate gave Hernandez the mailing address for an undercover law enforcement post office box, saying that the address belonged to an embassy contact who could get him counterfeit travel documents, the statement said.

According to Ortiz’s office, Hernandez wrote two letters to the fake embassy contact, and an undercover agent visited him in December 2015 and February 2016 at the correctional facility, where he allegedly confirmed that he wanted to kill the president.

When officials searched Hernandez’s prison cell, they allegedly found images of the 9/11 attacks, Osama Bin Laden, and members of the jihadist group the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria.

An attorney for Hernandez could not immediately be reached for comment Monday night.


Olivia Arnold can be reached at olivia.arnold@globe.com. Follow her on Twitter @olivia_arnold12.