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Rochester Man Involved In Threat Against President



BUFFALO, NY (WBEN) An unhinged upstate man threatened to kill former President George W. Bush so he could get into “a relationship” with Bush's daughter Barbara Pierce Bush, authorities said Friday.

 Benjamin Smith, 44, of Pittsford, New York allegedly sought to kill the 43rd president to get sparks flying with Barbara Pierce Bush. He was arrested near her home in Greenwich Village after a loaded rifle and gasoline were found in his vehicle.

 “Bush will get his,” Pittsford, New York, resident Benjamin Smith, 44, screamed after authorities tracked him to Lexington Ave. and E. 28th St. in Kips Bay — a short distance from the first twin’s Greenwich Village home -- at 6:15 a.m. Friday, officials said. Investigators arrested Smith after a loaded Rossi .38-caliber rifle and a container of gasoline were found in his vehicle.

 The Secret Service had been looking for Smith for more than 12 hours, after he left a note with his mother threatening to kill the 43rd President and disappeared with the rifle, authorities said.


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