Roanoke man arrested for making bomb threat near White House

WASHINGTON (WDBJ7 & WUSA9) The man arrested for making a bomb threat outside The White House Saturday night is from western Virginia.

Sunday afternoon, the Metropolitan Police Department identified the man as 29-year-old Sean Patrick Keoughan of Roanoke.

Sean Keoughan grew up here in the Roanoke Valley. He spent time in the military, serving in the U.S. Navy.

A search of court records reveals two drug possession charges.

Family members declined to comment, but one person who lives near his parents described him as a good neighbor. She had just seen him walking his dog.

Others told us he had struggled with mental health issues.

Sunday evening, a person who lives near another family member told us “Sean is a seriously disabled veteran and I hope now he will get the help he desperately needs. For both himself and his family.”

The incident in Washington unfolded around 11 o’clock Saturday night near The White House, when police say a 2017 Chevrolet Impala with an Indiana license plate pulled up to a security checkpoint.

Police say Keoughan got out of the car and said ‘there’s a bomb in the trunk,’ while holding something in his right hand.

When Keoughan was taken to the ground by Secret Service, he reportedly said ‘this is a test.’

President Trump was not at the White House at the time. A search of the car did not turn up any explosives. Keoughan was charged with a false bomb threat and unauthorized use of a vehicle. The Chevrolet he was driving was a rental car reported stolen in Roanoke.

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A Roanoke man was involved in an incident near the White House Saturday, according to CBS affiliate WUSA 9.

According to the Metropolitan Police Department, Sean Keoughan, 29, of Roanoke was arrested for false bomb threats and unauthorized use of a vehicle.

On Saturday around 11 p.m., police saw a 2017 Chevrolet Impala with an Indiana license plate pull up to a security checkpoint near the White House. Keoughan got out of the car and said “there’s a bomb in the trunk” while clutching something in his right hand. When Keoughan was taken to the ground by Secret Service, he said “this is a test.”

Crews searched the vehicle and did not find any explosives. The Chevrolet was reported stolen out of Roanoke.

President Trump was not at the White House at the time.

Crews searched the vehicle and did not find any explosives.

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