A man threatening to harm former President George W. Bush was arrested Friday in New York City. 44-year-old Benjamin Smith was taken into custody by the Secret Service without incident. He was charged with threatening to kill George W. Bush after his mother tipped off authorities a day earlier, according to TMZ on Feb. 2.
Benjamin Smith was found sitting in a car with a loaded rifle, a machete and a container of gasoline. Cops determined he was planning to kill George W. Bush. Smith allegedly yelled, "Bush will get his", as he was being led into custody.
CNN reports that in a federal complaint filed in Manhattan District Court, Smith is accused threatening to "kill, kidnap and inflict bodily harm", on the younger Bush.
Smith is described in the papers as a resident of upstate New York. In the criminal complaint, Smith describes himself as divorced. He says he's single but working on a relationship with Barbara Bush.
It all started when the suspect's mother called police Thursday claiming her rifle had gone missing, and that her son had left a note in the house saying, "I'm going to work for George W. Bush and the Pentagon. I have to slay a dragon and then Barbara Bush is mine."
The prosecuting attorney in the case says she thinks Smith was talking about Bush's daughter Barbara, not his mother. G.W. was reportedly in New York City at the time of the incident, but it's not clear exactly how close a call the scare was.
Media outlets are labeling the perpetrator a "psycho", and certainly his acts point to some sort of mental disorder. But as of yet, there's no reports of any psychological examination scheduled.
Smith's lawyer has said the note and "outbursts" do not rise to the level of a true threat against the former president.