Man claiming to be Jesus allegedly wanted to kidnap Obama's dog

The White House is seen, Saturday, May 31, 2014, in Washington. (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster)

A North Dakota man claiming to be Jesus and the son of John F. Kennedy and Marilyn Monroe was arrested in Washington D.C. on Wednesday for allegedly planning to kidnap one of President Barack Obama's pet dogs.

D.C. Superior Court documents say Secret Service agents interviewed Scott D. Stockert at a hotel after receiving information that he was on his way to the capital to kidnap a "pet" owned by the first family. The first family has two Portuguese water dogs, Bo and Sunny. Officials arrested Stockert after finding weapons in his car.

A court document shows that during an interview, Secret Service agents asked the 49-year-old whether he had access to any weapons, and Stockert acknowledged having two guns in his truck. Agents searched the truck and found a shotgun and rifle as well as a machete, a billy club and ammunition. The court document says Stockert was not a registered gun owner and that he was charged with violating District of Columbia laws on carrying a rifle or shotgun outside a home or business.

Stockert told investigators he came to Washington to advocate for $99-per-month healthcare and to announce he was running for president.

Online court records show Stockert was ordered released from custody Friday but must wear an ankle monitor.

The first family's search for a dog to join them at the White House was widely publicized. On election night in 2008, then President-elect Obama said that his daughters, Sasha and Malia, had "earned the new puppy that's coming with us to the White House." Bo, a male Portuguese water dog, joined the family in 2009 and was a gift from then Massachusetts Sen. Ted Kennedy. Sunny, a female Portuguese water dog, joined the family in 2013.



The dogs have been a regular presence at White House events. Late last year, they accompanied first lady Michelle Obama to receive the White House Christmas Tree and to welcome children to the White House during a preview of the home's holiday decorations. The decorations included larger than life replicas of the two dogs.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.
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