Secret Service to Take Action in Response to Scott Stapp's Alleged Threat Against the President
His estranged wife tells a 911 dispatcher the Creed singer suffers from "paranoid schizophrenia"
That’s what Stapp’s wife, Jaclyn, claimed in a 911 call late last month (obtained by TMZ), telling a dispatcher the Creed frontman was in the midst of a psychotic episode.
“He thinks he’s part of the CIA. He thinks they’re trying to kill him and he has a bunch of paperwork in his backpack that [says] he’s a CIA agent and he was supposed to assassinate Obama,” Jaclyn, 34, says during the call, according to the 911 tape.
TMZ reports Jaclyn’s comments were part of a 40-minute 911 call Stapp’s sister-in-law placed just after the singer left a mental health facility late last month.
The Secret Service, which investigates threats against the President and his family, is looking into the incident. “We are aware and we’ll take appropriate action,” Secret Service spokesperson Nicole Mainor told PEOPLE.
Jaclyn also told the dispatcher her husband, 41, was out riding a bicycle shirtless with a backpack filled with items including papers he purportedly received from the CIA, hard drives and tools including a wrench and screwdriver.
“When he’s being schizophrenic – he has a history of this – he collects a lot of weird belongings,” she said. “He’s always suffered from this paranoid schizophrenia, but he self-medicates.”
The “With Arms Wide Open” singer has battled alcohol abuse in the past, and alarmed fans last month when he released a 15-minute video on his Facebook page explaining he was broke, living in a Holiday Inn and “under some kind of pretty vicious attack.”
He said an audit conducted about two months earlier into his record company and personal finances supposedly revealed “quite a bit of money” was stolen from him and royalties not paid.
He then released two more rambling videos that sparked fan concern for his well-being.
“God has been removed out of American culture … except for it’s printed on our money, because what I’m starting to realize is that’s what’s really become the God of America: money,” he said in one of the videos.
However, a family friend recently told PEOPLE Stapp’s bizarre behavior “really isn’t new.”
“Scott has a great heart. But there are times that he’s in a bad place. When you talk to him, you can tell that he believes exactly what he’s saying, even if it doesn’t make a whole lot of sense. You can tell that he’s convinced in his mind. It’s very troubling.”
“I stood by him because I know he’s ill,” Jaclyn also told the dispatcher in the 911 tape. “I just need law enforcement’s help, because that’s the only way he’s going to stop, when he hits his rock bottom.”
On Friday afternoon, TMZ also reported that a Florida judge awarded Jaclyn sole legal and physical custody of their children, and that the singer is not permitted to stay in the family home.
• With reporting by SANDRA SOBIERAJ WESTFALL