Man claims bomb in trunk at White House checkpoint

Police: Man Claims Bomb In Trunk At White House Checkpoint

Police: Man Claims Bomb In Trunk At White House Checkpoint

A man who drove to a security checkpoint near the White House in a stolen auto and was arrested after stating "there's a bomb in the trunk", later told authorities that the object in the trunk was an asteroid and that he communicates telepathically with the president.

Keoughan went up to the White House checkpoint twice on the night he was arrested.

Authorities say a man who drove to a security checkpoint near the White House in a stolen vehicle was arrested after stating "there's a bomb in the trunk". The federal charge is punishable by a statutory maximum of 10 years imprisonment.

Officers found no record for a meeting and Keoughan left.

Prosecutors said in a statement that at a Monday court hearing Keoughan was ordered held in jail until another hearing Thursday. He said he had a very large, very heavy bag in the trunk with an asteroid in it.

Keoughan was not the only man arrested on Saturday at the White House.

The Secret Service closed the area around the security checkpoint for about 4 ½ hours overnight Saturday to Sunday.

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

Keoughan said he was in touch with Trump telepathically through a process that let him communicate with high-level officials, the Secret Service and Delta Force, an elite Army unit, the affidavit said.

White House Spokesman Sean Spicer tweeted that the unmade person had been unable to make it into the grounds and praised the "great response" by the Secret Service.

Keoughan said he is a "peaceful hippie" who does not own any weapons.

Police in Roanoke said in a statement that the vehicle was stolen Friday and was a rental auto. Investigators said the vehicle allegedly was involved in a collision with a construction zone sign along Interstate 66 in Virginia.

The arrest comes after another incident earlier this month when a man, identified as Jonathan Tran, was able to jump over three difference fences around the White House. "This is a test", he said before putting his hands in the air and being handcuffed.

A judge released Rawlinson, pending a hearing set for April 12, on the condition he stays away from the White House and its grounds. He is officially charged with unlawful entry, a misdemeanor.

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