Man who allegedly threatened George W. Bush arrested

By Rachel Grant,
Man obsessed with Barbara Bush charged with threatening the former president

Benjamin Smith, 44, of upstate New York was arrested Friday in Manhattan after he was found heavily armed in his car after he allegedly threatened former President Georg w. Bush because Smith was enamored with Barbara Bush.

According to ABC News, Smith yelled, "Bush will get his," after being arrested.

Found in his car was a machete, rifle, gasoline and two boxes of ammunition. Smith's mother alerted law enforcement officials Thursday after she found a startling note in their home and her rifle was missing.

The note allegedly read, "I'm going to work for George W. Bush and the pentagon. I have to slay a dragon and Barbara Bush is mine."

The secret service tracked Smith's cell phone, where they found him around 6 a.m. in Manhattan.

Smith fixated on Barbara during questioning, and when asked about his marital status, he responded, "I am divorced and not currently seeing anyone, but I am working on a relationship with Barbara Bush."

According to Reuters, Assistant U.S. Attorney Andrea Griswold told U.S. Judge Henry Pitman, the government believed that Smith was referring to Bush's daughter.

To threaten a current or former president is a crime under federal law.

image: Wikimedia Commons

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