An Ohio bartender who served House Speaker John Boehner drinks for years has been indicted on charges of plotting to kill him.
The bartender, Michael Hoyt, said voices told him that Boehner, R-Ohio, was evil. Hoyt thought Boehner responsible for the Ebola outbreak, and that the speaker was mean to him, Cincinnati’s WCPO television first reported.
Hoyt, 44, from Butler County, Ohio was indicted last week for the alleged plot after he was fired from his job at the Wetherington Golf & Country Club.
‘Hoyt told the officers 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 Special Agent Christopher Desrosiers told WCPO. ‘Hoyt advised he had a loaded Beretta .380 automatic and he was going to shoot Boehner and take off.’
The television station reported that Hoyt served drinks to Boehner for five years at the country club and was known as ‘Bartender Mike.’
Police said Hoyt contacted the speaker and his wife, Debbie, twice by email.
‘If I had any intentions of hurting Mr. Boehner, I could have poisoned his wine at Wetherington many, many times,’ police said he wrote in one of the messages.
WCPO reported that police searched Hoyt’s home on Oct. 31 and seized an SKS assault rifle magazine, two boxes of 7.62 ammunition, 35 loose rounds, a speed loader and a box of .380 rounds. They also found a notebook containing ‘John Boehner,’ ‘Ebola,’ and other writings.
Kara Hauk, a Boehner spokesman, said told WCPO that the speaker is aware of this situation ‘and sincerely thanks the FBI, the Capitol Police and local authorities in Ohio for their efforts.’