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How to Become a Bounty Hunter

A Ventriloquist, A Dummy, The White House, Secret Service and Explosives

*not the actually dummy
*not the actual dummy/photo

By Allan Lengel
WASHINGTON –  Jerry Smolinsky may be no dummy, but he was pretty close to one on Friday.

The 55-year-old ventriloquist was riding in a cab Friday morning in Arlington, Va., with his dummy in tow,  when he told the driver he had explosives and was on his way to the White House, according to a law enforcement source.

The cab driver called his dispatcher who phoned authorities, the law enforcement source said. D.C. police stopped the cab at 17th and C Streets NW, not far from the White House.

U.S. Secret Service agents interviewed Smolinsky, who confessed that he had no explosives and that he just wanted to get a rise out of law enforcement, the source said.

He was arrested and charged with a felony threat. He was expected to undergo a psychiatric evaluation. No word on the whereabouts of his dummy as of Friday night.

Smolinsky, a former computer programmer, who is originally from California, has been living out of hotels around the country, the source said.

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Comment from sandy5280
Time October 11, 2009 at 9:50 am

I am Jerry’s sister. Will you be following this story? If so, is there any way that you could you keep me informed about what is happening? Thank you.


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