A North Dakota man claiming to be Jesus Christ was arrested Wednesday in Washington, where he had traveled with a plan to kidnap one of the first family’s pet dogs, said law enforcement officials Friday.
Scott Stockert was detained at a downtown Hampton Inn after U.S. Secret Service agents, acting on a warning from the Minnesota Field Office, found several unregistered weapons in his truck.
During an interview with Stockert, the man told agents he had unloaded firearms under the backseat of his truck and allowed them to search the vehicle which was parked around the corner.
Agents recovered a black 12-gauge pump shotgun with a pistol grip and a black bolt action rifle as well as 289 rounds of .22 caliber long rifle bullets, 71 rounds of 12-gauge shotgun ammunition, two rounds of .223 rifle ammunition, a machete with a 12 -inch blade, an 18 -inch billy club and a 28-inch barrel and a removable stock, both typically used for a shotgun from the truck.
Stockert was not registered to own a firearm in any jurisdiction, authorities said.
In addition to leading agents to his arsenal during his interview, Stockert also claimed he was the son of John F. Kennedy and Marilyn Monroe – adding that he had come to the district to go to the capitol to advocate for $99 per month healthcare and announce that he was running for president.
After his arrest, Stockert stated he was Jesus Christ and this could be verified on his license.
In a statement, a spokesperson for the U.S. Secret Service said the agency is dedicated to the “safety and security of the president and the first family,” adding that the incident was a good example of their coordination with their various Field Offices throughout the U.S. as well as state and local law enforcement partners.
“Identifying and apprehending suspects who make threats towards our protectees is often a coordinated effort between multiple jurisdictions in real time,” read the statement from spokesperson Kevin Dye. “The Secret Service stands ready to continue our mission for those we protect and the American people.”
Stockert is being charged with possession of an unregistered firearm and ammunition.