Ohio Bartender Accused of Threatening to Poison Boehner’s Drinks – Businessweek
An Ohio bartender who worked at a country
club frequented by U.S. House Speaker John Boehner is accused of
threatening to kill the lawmaker with poison or a gun.
Michael R. Hoyt told police in Deer Park, Ohio, that
Boehner was mean to him and was responsible for Ebola, according
to federal court filings in Cincinnati. Hoyt was indicted by a
grand jury on Jan. 7 on a charge of threatening to murder a
He’s accused of telling police that he was fired from his
job at the Wetherington Golf & Country Club in West Chester
before he had time to “put something in John Boehner’s drink,”
according to a criminal complaint filed in Nov. 6. He also said
he planned to “shoot Boehner and take off,” according to the
Hoyt, 44, was sent to the federal medical center in Devens,
Massachusetts for a psychiatric examination, according to court
Martin Pinales, Hoyt’s lawyer in Cincinnati, didn’t
immediately respond to a phone call and an e-mail after regular
business hours seeking comment on the allegations.
Boehner, an Ohio Republican, was in Cincinnati the first
weekend of November to participate in elections and attend a
game of the National Football League’s Bengals, according to a
A U.S. Capitol Police agent said in the court filing that
he interviewed Hoyt’s mother on Nov. 4 in Hebron, Kentucky. She
said she didn’t believe her son was violent, though she was
worried that he had become increasing agitated and wasn’t eating
or sleeping. She gave Hoyt’s SKS assault rifle to federal
agents, according to the filing.
In the days before calling police, Hoyt was dismissed from
the club because he had a bad attitude at work and drew
complaints from members, according to the complaint. He’d worked
there for about 5 1/2 years.
“Speaker Boehner is aware of this situation, and sincerely
thanks the FBI, the Capitol Police, and local authorities in
Ohio for their efforts,” Michael Steel, Boehner’s spokesman,
said in e-mailed statement.
The matter came to the attention of police in October when
Hoyt called 911 and police responded to his house. Hoyt told an
officer what he had planned to do, the complaint says.
Hoyt “believes John Boehner is the devil, and Hoyt
believes he is Jesus Christ,” according to the complaint.
Hoyt had e-mailed Boehner’s wife, noting that he’d been
fired and that if he’d had any “intention of hurting Mr.
Boehner I could have poisoned his wine.”
The case is U.S. v. Hoyt, 15-cr-00001, U.S. District Court,
Southern District of Ohio (Cincinnati).
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