Michael Robert Hoyt, 44, was indicted Wednesday on charges of threatening to kill the congressman after serving him drinks for more than five years at a West Chester country club,WCPO reported.
“Hoyt told the officer he was Jesus Christ and he was going to kill Boehner because Boehner was mean to him at the country club and because Boehner is responsible for Ebola,” U.S. Capitol Police (USCP) Special Agent Christopher M. Desrosiers stated in the indictment.
During an Oct. 29 visit by Deer Park police, authorities say Hoyt appeared to lament that he didn’t “have time to put something in John Boehner’s drink” after being fired from the Wetherington County Club a week earlier.
He “advised he had a loaded Beretta .380 automatic and he was going to shoot Boehner and take off,” according to the indictment which listed other weapons seized from his home — including an SKS assault rifle magazine, two boxes of 7.62 ammo, 35 loose rounds, a speed loader and a box of .380 rounds.
Hoyt had personally interacted with Boehner at the country club during his employment but expressed his desire to meet with the politician, President Obama and a man named “Dr. Bob” about the Ebola virus.
“Hoyt advised that he often poured drinks for Boehner and could have already put something in his drink, but he did not. Hoyt stated that no one checks the drinks he poured for Boehner, and it would have been very easy to slip something into his drink,” Desrosiers stated.
After failing in an attempt to reach out to the house speaker directly, authorities say he emailed Boehner’s wife in hopes of sorting out his recent termination in person, while denying intentions to harm him.
“If I had any intention of hurting Mr. Boehner, I could have poisoned his wine at Wetherington many, many times. I do not believe I have lied about anything nor exaggerated,” the Oct. 28 email, provided in the indictment, read.
“What is this about??” Debbie Boehner allegedly responded to one of two short emails which he signed, “your former bartender.”
Hoyt’s former supervisor, when questioned by authorities on his termination, said he was fired because he had a bad attitude at work and several club members complained about him.
Boehner, when interviewed by Desrosiers, another USCP agent, and an FBI Task Force Officer, said he recalled the bartender but not any negative interactions between them.
In a statement released by Boehner’s spokesman to the Daily News he acknowledged Hoyt’s arrest.
“Speaker Boehner is aware of this situation, and sincerely thanks the FBI, the Capitol Police, and local authorities in Ohio for their efforts,” Spokesman Michael Steel stated.
The troubled man was voluntarily taken by police to University of Cincinnati hospital for a psychiatric evaluation after his October visit by police.
It was later revealed that he had been treated for a psychotic episode two years earlier and had been prescribed psychotropic medication which he voluntarily stopped taking after about six months, Desrosiers reported.
At the time of the indictment’s release, Hoyt is listed as being held on a Court Ordered Mental Evaluation and Treatment, but one that could end “at the hospital’s discretion,” authorities warned.
A request for comment from the Wetherington Country Club was not immediately returned.
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