Cops: Bartender Threatened to Poison Boehner

Ohio suspect has history of psychiatric illness
By John Johnson,  Newser Staff
Posted Jan 13, 2015 6:41 PM CST
Cops: Bartender Threatened to Poison Boehner
Michael R. Hoyt.   (Hamilton County (Ohio) Sheriff's Office)

A bartender in Ohio with a history of psychiatric problems told police that he planned to kill John Boehner, possibly by poisoning his drink or shooting him, reports WCPO in Cincinnati. Michael Hoyt, 44, who worked at a country club frequented by Boehner, was indicted on a charge of threatening to murder the House speaker. This snippet from a criminal complaint cited by AP might tell you all you need to know: "Hoyt told the officer he was Jesus Christ and that he was going to kill Boehner because Boehner was mean to him at the country club and because Boehner is responsible for Ebola."

Hoyt reportedly got fired from his job in October and called police soon after to vent about Boehner. He said he heard the devil's voice coming to him from speakers in his home and car, and he called police because he feared people were going to come to his house and "chop him up," and he wanted to expose Boehner as evil first. “Hoyt advised he had a loaded Beretta .380 automatic and he was going to shoot Boehner and take off," say police. He also allegedly said it would be easy to slip something into Boehner's drink. Authorities say Hoyt had an unspecified psychiatric problem about two years ago but went off his medication. He is being held in a psychiatric hospital. (Read more John Boehner stories.)

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