New York, NY, United States (4E) – A New York man has been detained and charged for threatening to kill former President George W. Bush so he can get into a relationship with the latter’s daughter, Barbara Bush.
Benjamin Smith, 44, left a note at his home that reads “”I have to slay a dragon and then Barbara Bush will be mine” Thursday, so her mother, who interpreted the message to be a death threat, alerted the Monroe County police.
The Secret Service was notified and immediately tracked Smith through his mobile phone and found him inside his car parked at Lexington Ave. and E. 28th St. in Kips Bay around 6:15 a.m. Friday. The location is near Greenwich Village, where Barbara Bush, 32, lives.
Smith was arrested and seized from him were a loaded Rossi .38-caliber rifle, a container of gasoline, two boxes of ammunition and a machete. He screamed, “Bush will get his,” while being led away, police said.
At his arraignment, Chief U.S. Magistrate Judge Henry Pitman ordered Smith held without bail on charges of weapons possession and threatening a former U.S. president, according to U.S. Attorney Andrea Griswald. It is a federal crime to threaten a former president of the U.S.
Defense attorney Peggy Cross-Goldenberg said Bush was not in danger because he was not in New York City. The 43rd president of the U.S. lives in Texas.
Goldenberg added that Smith’s note mentioning Barbara Bush could mean a million different things.