New York man accused of threatening President George W. Bush

Former President George W. Bush waves as he walks off the field after the coin toss before the college football game between Texas Tech and Southern Methodist Friday, Aug. 30, 2013, in Dallas. (AP Photo/LM Otero)

February 1, 2014 7:56:37 PM PST
A New York man is in jail for threatening to kill former President George W. Bush.

According to a federal court complaint, Benjamin Smith threatened to kill, kidnap and inflict bodily harm on the 43rd president. Threats against U.S. presidents are a federal crime.

The Secret Service was alerted to Smith after his mother found a disturbing note.

Agents then discovered Smith sitting in his car in Manhattan Friday. They say he had with him a loaded .38-caliber rifle, two boxes of ammunition, a container of gasoline and a machete.

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