Suspect: I'm 'Working on a Relationship' With Bush Daughter

Secret Service steps in
By Newser Editors and Wire Services
Posted Feb 1, 2014 9:27 AM CST

(Newser) – A man from upstate New York has been charged in a bizarre case involving George W. Bush and his daughter Barbara. Secret Service nabbed Benjamin Smith in Manhattan and say he was sitting in a car with a loaded rifle, a machete, and a can of gasoline, reports Reuters. The 44-year-old was charged with threatening to kill the former president—he shouted "Bush will get his" upon his arrest—and told the Secret Service that he was "working on a relationship with Barbara Bush." Prosecutors say he was referring to Bush's daughter, not his mother.

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Authorities tracked him down via cell phone after his mother called police to say she had found a weird note in their Pittsford home. "I'm going to work for George W. Bush and the Pentagon," it read. "I have to slay a dragon and then Barbara Bush is mine." Authorities aren't sure why he went to Manhattan. His lawyer says her client didn't pose a "true threat." (Read more George W. Bush stories.)

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