CLEVELAND, Ohio (WKBN) – A Cleveland man was charged in federal court with making threats against the President.
Jonathan W. Smead, 35, was arrested on a criminal complaint and is being held pending a March 9 court appearance.
According to the complaint, on Feb. 28 the U.S. Secret Service, Chicago Field Office received a call, which was forwarded to the Secret Service’s Cleveland Office. The caller stated “I want to kill President Obama.” The caller continued to speak about past assassins including John Wilkes Booth and Lee Harvey Oswald. The caller then stated he “wants to kill Hillary Clinton.” The caller then identified himself as Jonathan Smead and provided is Social Security number, date of birth, and said he is living with his grandmother on Spring Road in Cleveland. Finally, Smead stated he “wants federal charges, not little state charges.”
Smead admitted to making the phone call and that he had been drinking alcohol prior to making the call, according to investigators. Smead said he did not wish harm on the President of Clinton and that he had been watching the “West Wing” and is interested in past presidents, specifically Abraham Lincoln and John F. Kennedy. He stated he visited the Texas Book Depository years ago as a tourist.
During a search of Smead’s residence, agents located two books in Smead’s bedroom related to the Kennedy assassination.