Bomb Scare at the White House

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He also told Secret Service agents that the president had given him the auto he was driving as well as the bag with the asteroid and told him to say there was a bomb in the trunk, the court document says.

A man who drove up to a White House checkpoint late Saturday night and claimed to have a bomb in his vehicle appeared in a DC court Monday.

Sean Keoughan, 29, of Roanoke, Virginia, was arrested by the Secret Service shortly after 11 p.m. on March 18.

Keoughan had pulled up to the White House an hour prior to his bomb threat, saying he had an appointment with President Donald Trump, the office said.

Prosecutors said in a statement that at a Monday court hearing, Keoughan was ordered held in jail until another hearing on Thursday.

"There's a bomb in the trunk". If convicted, he faces up to 10 years in prison.

After he was arrested, officers asked Keoughan if he, indeed, had a bomb in the trunk of his vehicle.

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Keoughan said he had a bag in the trunk containing an asteroid.

He was able to jump one of the fences in part because Secret Service took down alarm sensors on the area of one fence he scaled, according to The Washington Examiner.

There is no confirmation that the vehicle contained any explosives, but security was immediately upgraded and nearby streets were blocked off.

The document also says Keoughan said Mr Trump speaks to him telepathically. He wandered the grounds for 16 minutes before he was found, the Secret Service has said. He called himself a "peaceful hippie" who does not own weapons or have access to them, the court document said.

The vehicle had been reported stolen from the Discovery Park area of Mill Mountain at 2:36 p.m. Friday, according to Roanoke police spokesman Scott Leamon. Investigators said the vehicle allegedly was involved in a collision with a construction zone sign along Interstate 66 in Virginia. He got out and told Secret Service officers that he had a bomb, an Secret Service affidavit said.

William Rawlinson, 58, of Silver Spring, Maryland, was also arrested on Saturday for crossing a White House security barrier. He is officially charged with unlawful entry, a misdemeanor.

The security incident was the second of the day at the White House.

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