Cleveland man indicted for threatening Obama, Hillary

Man indicted for threatening Obama

CLEVELAND -- A two-count indictment was filed in U.S. District Court here against Jonathan W. Smead, 35, of Cleveland.

He is charged with making threats against President Obama and presidential candidate Hillary Clinton, according to Acting U.S. Attorney Carole S. Rendon.

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Rendon says Smead "did knowingly and willingly make a threat to take the life of, and to inflict bodily harm upon and against the President of the United States on Feb. 28."

Smead also knowingly and willingly made a threat to take the life of, and to inflict bodily harm upon Hillary Clinton on Feb. 28, according to the indictment.

Here's what happened, according to the complaint:

On Feb. 28 at approximately 10:16 CST, 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 was interviewed on Feb. 29. He admitted to making the phone call and said he had been drinking alcohol prior to making the call. He said he does not wish harm on the President or Clinton. He stated he had recently been watching the television show “The West Wing” and he is very 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 consensual search, agents located two books in Smead’s bedroom related to the Kennedy assassination.


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