WOW! The U.S. Secret Service FINALLY arrests a Leftist for making death threats against George W. Bush after ignoring thousands of Left Wing murder threats made against him while he was president.
A Pittsford man, found with a loaded rifle and machete, was arrested Friday in Manhattan after allegedly threatening to kill former President George W. Bush, according to police and media reports.
Benjamin Smith, 44, was arrested by the Secret Service after telling agents he was divorced and "working on a relationship with Barbara Bush." Reuters, quoting from a criminal complaint filed in federal court, reported Smith screamed, "Bush will get his!" as he was taken into custody. Barbara Pierce Bush, 32, is the elder of the 43rd president's twin girls.
This is not Smith's first brush with the law. He was arrested in 2011 for an alleged hate crime on the Erie Canal. In that incident, Smith was charged with assault after allegedly pushing a man into bushes, punching him, and yelling, "All you Pakistanis and Indians are all going to be killed! Go home!" according to the court documents.
The outcome of the 2011 case was not immediately available.
On Friday, he was arrested in New York City after being tracked there. His mother, apparently alarmed over a note she found in the Pittsford home she shares with her son, called 911.
The Monroe County Sheriff's Office responded, said Cpl. John Helfer, a spokesman for the office.
"We took a missing person report after his mother called 911 on Thursday," Helfer said.
According to Reuters, the note said: "I'm going to work for George W. Bush and the Pentagon. I have to slay a dragon and then Barbara Bush is mine."
Using Smith's cellphone, the Secret Service tracked him down in Manhattan on Friday morning and found him sitting in his car with the weapons.
The New York Daily News said Smith laughed during his arraignment every time Griswald repeated the "slay the dragon" line from his letter.
George Ogilvie, a spokesman for the U.S. Secret Service, told USA TODAY that Smith was arrested under U.S. Code Title 18 Section 879, which prohibits threats against a former president. Ogilvie would not go into detail about the incident.
At a preliminary hearing, Assistant U.S. Attorney Andrea Griswold told U.S. Magistrate Judge Henry Pitman that the government believes Smith was referring to the former president's daughter and not Bush's mother, who shares the same name, Reuters reported.
Smith was found with a loaded Rossi .38-caliber rifle, investigators said after agents had been looking for him for more than 12 hours, according to the Daily News.
According to Reuters, Smith's mother called police Thursday after she found a note in the Pittsford home she shares with her son.
"I'm going to work for George W. Bush and the Pentagon," the note said. "I have to slay a dragon and then Barbara Bush is mine."
Reuters reported Smith's attorney, Peggy Cross-Goldenberg, said the note and her client's screams are not a "true threat."
Pitman said it was "unclear" whether a jury would find Smith guilty, though she noted that Barbara Bush lives in New York City, the reports said.
"Admittedly, there is some inconsistency in the notion that the way to win Barbara Bush's affections is to kill her father," Pitman said.
A Bush spokesman told the Daily News the former president was not aware of Smith or his alleged threats.
Includes reporting by Yamiche Alcindor of USA Today and staff writer Gary Craig.
Secret Service: Pittsford man Benjamin Smith arrested after threatening President Bush over daughter