Roanoke man claims bomb in trunk at White House checkpoint

WASHINGTON (AP) — Authorities say a man who drove to a security checkpoint near the White House in a stolen car was arrested after stating “there’s a bomb in the trunk.”

A police report says 29-year-old Sean Patrick Keoughan of Roanoke, Virginia, got out of the car at the checkpoint Saturday and was clasping something in his hand when he made the threat. The report says that while he was being taken to the ground he stated: “This is a test.”

He was arrested for making a false bomb threat and unauthorized use of a vehicle.

Earlier Saturday, 58-year-old William Bryant Rawlinson of Silver Spring, Maryland, was arrested on a charge of unlawful entry after jumping a metal barrier just outside a White House fence.

The president wasn’t at the White House at the time of either incident.

As to Keoughan, 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 WHSV’s sister station, WDBJ7, 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.”

Monday morning, Roanoke police said the car was stolen from a parking lot near the Mill Mountain Star. The driver told police she left the vehicle running Friday afternoon when she ran to meet two friends at the overlook. Roanoke police said they were notified early Sunday morning that the stolen car had turned up at the White House.


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