An upstate New York man was arrested for threatening to kill George W. Bush so that he could start “a relationship” with his 32-year-old daughter Barbara Pierce Bush.
Benjamin Smith, 44, of Pittsford, was sitting in a car with a loaded rifle, machete, and a can of gasoline when he was arrested in Manhattan by the U.S. Secret Service Friday, according to a criminal complaint filed in federal court.
"Bush will get his," Smith reportedly yelled as he was taken into custody
He told Secret Service agents he was divorced and "working on a relationship with Barbara Bush."
Smith’s mother found a threatening note in her home and noticed a rifle was missing on Thursday. She reported the incident to the police.
"I'm going to work for George W. Bush and the Pentagon," the note said, according to government officials. "I have to slay a dragon and then Barbara Bush is mine."
Smith was tracked to Manhattan through his cell phone. It is unclear why he traveled to New York City, where many tourists are gathered ahead of Super Bowl XLVIII.
During a preliminary hearing Assistant U.S. Attorney Andrea Griswold told U.S. Magistrate Judge Henry Pitman that Smith was likely referring to Bush’s daughter Barbara, not the former first lady.
"Admittedly, there is some inconsistency in the notion that the way to win Barbara Bush's affections is to kill her father," Pitman said.
Smith’s attorney said his note does not constitute a “true threat.”