Secret Service agents on Wednesday arrested a man who was allegedly plotting to kidnap one of the Obama family dogs.
While it’s not clear whether Bo or Sunny, both Portuguese water dogs, was the specific target, the man, Scott D. Stockert, 49, of Dickinson, N.D., was arrested after agents found guns and ammunition in his vehicle. Stockert was apprehended at a Hampton Inn in Washington, D.C. He had apparently driven from North Dakota to commit the alleged kidnapping.
According to the Washington Post, the information on Stockert’s arrest was revealed in Secret Service court documents during a hearing at D.C. Superior Court this morning.
Upon his arrest, agents found a 12-gauge pump shotgun, a bolt-action .22-caliber rifle, more than 350 rounds of ammunition, a machete and a billy club in Stockert’s truck. Stockert, who was not registered to own a gun, was immediately taken into custody.Image Credit: SAUL LOEB/AFP/Getty Images
Bo, 7, and Sunny, 3, are the beloved pets of the Obama family, although last month Michelle Obama admitted during an appearance at a local childrens’ hospital that Sunny can be “naughty,” adding the dog will occasionally go to the bathroom in the People’s House.
“She leaves the kitchen and she’ll sneak, and she’ll go poop on the other end of the White House.”
If you need help identifying who is who, Bo has the white patch on his chest, Sunny is mostly all black.
Both dogs are considered to be hypoallergenic, as their particular breed does not shed. A White House source says the dogs primarily keep to the White House grounds for exercise and are often under the supervision of a residence staff member. It is not uncommon, however, for guests at the White House to catch a glimpse of Bo and Sunny roaming through the halls or out for a walk on the North or South Lawn.Image Credit: NICHOLAS KAMM/AFP/Getty Images
While the Secret Service can’t be certain that Stockert’s claim to want to kidnap the President’s dog was a legitimate one—Stockert also told agents that he was Jesus Christ and that his parents were John F. Kennedy and Marilyn Monroe—a judge today ruled that there is enough evidence to move the case forward.
A future court date has yet to be set, and in the meantime Stockert was released into a high-intensity supervision program.
An attempt to seek comment from the White House was unsuccessful.