Man Arrested Near White House Grounds Claiming He Possessed Bomb
WASHINGTON – A man was arrested near White House grounds Saturday driving a stolen vehicle and claiming he possessed a bomb, according to NBC News.
The man detained by Secret Service claimed to have “a bomb in the trunk” of a stolen Chevrolet Impala. He also gripped something in his right hand as he approached the White House checkpoint around 11 p.m. Saturday night, according to the Metropolitan Police report.
Police on Sunday afternoon identified the arrestee as Sean Patrick Keoghan, 29. He reportedly told law enforcement authorities, “This is a test.”
The Impala driven by Keoughan was registered in Indiana, but reported stolen out of Roanoke, Virginia. Details of the theft were not provided. He was booked for making a false bomb threat and driving the reported stolen car.
The incident came hours after a person was apprehended for jumping over a bike rack just outside the White House fence on Pennsylvania Avenue, White House Press Secretary Sean Spicer said.
President Donald Trump was not present at the White House Saturday, having spent the weekend at his home in Palm Beach, Florida.
This activity is on the heels of Jonathan Tran being arrested on the White House grounds last week, and former Secret Service agent, Dan Bongino, criticizing his former agency. He said President Trump is vulnerable in the Presidential Quarters.
“The Secret Service is stuck in their ways and don’t want to redo and upgrade the White House security plan,” Bongino said. “President Trump won’t be safe there until they do.”