In the early hours on Friday morning January 31, a 44 year-old man was tracked down and later arrested after his mother alerted police that her son may be attempting an attack against former president George W. Bush.
Benjamin Smith has been taken into custody for allegedly threatening a former president.
Smith’s mother found signs that her live-in son had left behind a letter describing a “threat” on George W. Bush’s life, and called officials Thursday to report her findings.
"I'm going to work for George W. Bush and the Pentagon," the note said, according to the government. "I have to slay a dragon and then Barbara Bush is mine.
He had been tracked down by Secret Service in Manhattan, N.Y., using cell phone records. Reports indicate Smith was found waiting in his car with a machete, rifle and gasoline. Emerging details have only gathered that Smith is being charged with threatening a former president, which is a federal crime. No charges against him have been filed for threatening Barbara Bush.
Reports state Smith is being held without bond in a N.Y. city jail. Secret Service and local police are working together on this case.
Smith said to police that he is divorced, and working out plans to be with Barbara Bush. It doesn't take a love matchmaker to tell us Smith has ruined that goal.
Questions remain to whom exactly Smith was going to target with a rifle, machete and gasoline? Were these items for his ex-wife, former President George W. Bush, or to show off some technical skills he thought would win Barbara Bush over to be his girlfriend?
Wonder why Smith is going through a divorce? Clearly Smith needs a mental check-up if his own mother thought his threats and actions demanded turning her son into the police for a federal crime. After all, mother knows best.
Clearly there is something amiss about his exact intentions, which police are still investigating.
Smith’s lawyer told news reporters that his actions didn’t show “true signs of a threat.”
A judge also stated at this time it is “unclear” exactly what Smith will be charged for.