Man arrested at White House gate claimed Trump telepathy link

Pauline Gross
March 21, 2017

Authorities say a man who drove to a security checkpoint near the White House in a stolen auto was arrested after stating "there's a bomb in the trunk".

Sean Patrick Keoughan, 29, of Roanoke was charged with false bomb threats and unauthorized use of a vehicle after police said a man drove up to a White House checkpoint shortly after 11 p.m. Saturday and told a Secret Service officer that "there's a bomb in the trunk".

Prosecutors said in a statement that Keoughan was ordered held in jail until a hearing Thursday.

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. During the second attempt, the agent said, Keoughan told the security checkpoint, "There's a bomb in the trunk". If convicted, he faces up to 10 years in prison.

That intruder was in the White House grounds for more than 16 minutes before he was detained. He said he had a very large, very heavy bag in the trunk with an asteroid in it.

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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. No explosives were found, and officials have not said what, if anything, was located in the vehicle. He said it allowed his mind to communicate with high level-officials, such as the president, the Secret Service and Delta Force.

He told law enforcement he was a "peaceful hippie" who doesn't have weapons and wasn't looking to hurt anyone.

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

Police said Sunday night that William Bryant Rawlinson, 58, of Silver Spring, Maryland, was arrested on a charge of unlawful entry. Leamon said the police department was notified by the Secret Service at 3:47 a.m. Sunday that the vehicle had turned up in Washington, D.C.

In the first major security breach since Trump became president in January, 26-year-old Jonathan Tran, of Milpitas, California, was arrested for climbing over White House barriers on March 10.

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