A North Dakota man who said he planned to kidnap the Obama family’s pet dogs was arrested in D.C. on Wednesday with a cache of weapons and ammunition loaded in his car, the U.S. Secret Service said.
Officials said the man, Scott D. Stocker, 49, of Dickinson, N.D., made a series of outlandish claims upon his arrest. He told them that he was Jesus Christ, that he was the son of John F. Kennedy and Marilyn Monroe, and that he planned to run for president. He also said the he came to Washington to kidnap Bo or Sunny, the president’s dogs, the Secret Service said in a court document, The Washington Post reported.
Secret Service officers in the Minnesota field office first learned about Mr. Stockert’s plot to abduct the dogs. Mr. Stockert drove his pickup truck from North Dakota to New York to Washington where Secret Service officers found him at a Hampton Inn on 6th Street NW, court documents said.
Agents found two firearms under the backseat of the truck, a 12-gauge pump shotgun and a bolt-action .22-caliber rifle, the court document said, according to The Post.
Police also found more than 350 rounds of ammunition, a billy club and a machete with a 12-inch blade.
Mr. Stockert was charged with carrying a rifle or shotgun outside of his home or place of business, which is typically illegal in D.C.
At a preliminary hearing Friday, after determining that the case will move forward, a judge ordered Mr. Stockert to be released into a high-intensity supervision program to await a later court date.
Mr. Stockert cannot possess any real or imitation weapons or go near the White House or Capitol during his release, according to The Post.