A North Dakota man who was arrested in Washington D.C. after authorities say he planned to kidnap the Obama family’s pet dogs could have harmed the first family if he had been able to reach them, the man's ex-wife told INSIDE EDITION.
Scott Stockert, 49, was allegedly found to have two unregistered firearms in his car when Secret Service agents arrested him at a Hampton Inn near the Washington Convention Center on Wednesday, the Washington Post reported.
The Dickinson man reportedly told authorities that he drove from North Dakota to New York to the District to take Bo or Sunny, the Obamas' Portuguese Water Dogs, and that he planned to run for president, the Post wrote.
He also claimed to be Jesus Christ as well as the son of John F. Kennedy and Marilyn Monroe, according to reports.
"He's bipolar and schizophrenic and I do not think he's been on his medication in like six months," Stockert's ex-wife, Wanda Schutz, told INSIDE EDITION. “He’s never gone un-medicated this long before and his delusional behavior has never been this bad before.”
She said that the Obamas may have been in danger had he reached them.
“Well I think at this point, he is dangerous, because he’s not thinking clearly,” she said. “...Because (he thinks) nothing can stop him; He doesn’t think anything’s wrong with him and his mindset has always been ‘I can do what I want.'”
She added: “His state of mind right now is just unpredictable; I don’t know what he’s capable of doing."
She told IE that her ex-husband had a history of violent outbursts, but his delusional behavior had never been so extreme.
“This bizarre behavior has been going on for about two months,” she said.
In addition to the firearms—a 12-guage pump shotgun and a bolt-action .22-caliber rifle—agents say they recovered more than 350 rounds of ammunition, a billy club and a machete with a 12-inch blade in Stockert’s pickup truck, the paper wrote, citing a filing in D.C. Superior Court.
This was not his first attempt at making it into the White House, Schutz told IE.
“He tried making another trip to D.C. around Christmas time and he allegedly got mugged… so he made the trip back to North Dakota. He told my daughter that he wanted to talk to the president about the Ten Commandments,” she said.
Stockert was charged with illegally carrying a rifle or shotgun outside a home or business. He appeared Friday in D.C. Superior Court, where a judge found probable cause for the case to move forward.
He was ordered released into a high-intensity supervision program pending a court date to be set at another time, according to court records.
While on release, Stockert has been ordered to stay away from the White House, the Capitol and surrounding areas. He was also barred from possessing any real or imitation weapons.
"You picked the wrong person to mess with. I will (expletive) your world up,” Stockert allegedly told the agents, who went to the hotel after getting a “be on the lookout” alert from the Secret Service’s Minnesota field office about the alleged kidnapping plot, NBC Washington wrote.
The alleged outburst came as no surprise to Schutz, who said the father of her son and daughter has been violent in the past.
“He’s had a long list of issues,” she told IE, claiming that in 1996, he strangled her until she passed out.
"He started strangling me and he strangled me all the way— we had a struggle— all the way down the basement stairs. And I went unconscious. And he panicked and thought that he had killed me, so he went upstairs and self-inflicted some stab wounds into his stomach and then put the knife in my hand before he called the paramedics. So it looked like he strangled me in self-defense,” she said.
The charges against Stockert in connection to that incident were reportedly dropped.
He was found guilty in 2003 of disobeying a judicial order when he failed to return his children to his ex-wife after a visit, according to a court document filed with the Supreme Court of North Dakota obtained by IE. The pair was divorced by then and Stockert had visitation rights.
He and his children were found more than a week after he was supposed to bring them to their mother in California, the court document said.
“He got arrested trying to kidnap my kids, and he had a rifle with him at that point. He’s tried impersonating FBI agents in Colorado, and he had a lot of weapons when they arrested him in the motel room (then). It just goes on and on,” she said.
“I’m hoping that this situation will force someone to put him into some kind of hospital that he can get back on his medication and he can get back in the right frame of mind.”
Attempts to reach Stockert's attorney were unsuccessful.