NY Man With Rifle, Machete Arrested for Threatening to Kill George W. Bush
A New York man was arrested on Friday with a rifle, machete and a gas container after threatening to kill George W. Bush.
On Friday, the U.S. Secret Service arrested a New York man with a loaded rifle, machete, and gas container on charges of threatening to kill former President George W. Bush over an apparent fixation with Bush’s daughter, Barbara.
“Bush will get his,” yelled Benjamin Smith, 44, while being taken into custody.
Authorities were tipped off by the suspect’s mother, whom Smith lives with, following her discovery of a threatening note and her realization that a rifle was missing.
“I’m going to work for George W. Bush and the Pentagon,” the note read. “I have to slay a dragon and then Barbara Bush is mine.”
U.S. Magistrate Judge Henry Pitman said it was “unclear” whether a jury would find Smith guilty.
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Smith was tracked to Manhattan by Secret Service agents.
“I am divorced and not currently seeing anyone, but I am working on a relationship with Barbara Bush,” Smith said when he was asked by investigators about his marital status.
Barbara Bush lives in New York City, but the former president does not and was not in the city this week.