WASHINGTON – The Latest a man arrested on a security checkpoint near the White House claiming he had a bomb (all times are local):
A man who drove up to a security in the vicinity of the White House in a stolen car and was arrested after stating “there is a bomb in the suitcase,” he told the authorities that the object in the trunk was an asteroid and that he telepathically communicates with the president.
According to a court document filed Monday, 29 years old, Sean Patrick Keoughan of Roanoke, Virginia, approached the checkpoint at 10 a.m. Saturday and said he had a meeting with President Donald Trump. The officials had no record for a meeting and Keoughan left. He approached again at 11 am and made the statement about the bomb.
Keoughan was arrested and was charged with threatening and conveying false information with respect to the use of an explosive. The payment is to be punished with a maximum of 10 years in prison.
Prosecutors said in a statement that Keoughan was ordered held in jail until a hearing Thursday. A mental health screening was also ordered. Keoughan’s attorney, Dani Jahn, a federal prosecutor, declined to comment when reached by phone Monday afternoon.
Authorities say a man who drove up to a security in the vicinity of the White House in a stolen car was arrested after stating “there is a bomb in the trunk.”
Police say the 29-year-old Sean Patrick Keoughan of Roanoke, Virginia, came out of the car at the checkpoint on Saturday and was bound to be something in his hand when he made the threat. The report says that while he was taken to the ground, he declared: “This is a test.”
He was arrested for making a false bomb threat and unauthorized use of a vehicle.
Earlier Saturday, a 58-year-old William Bryant Rawlinson of Silver Spring, Maryland, was arrested on charges of illegal entry after the jump of a metal barrier just outside a White House gate.
The president was not at the White House at the time of either incident.