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Asked by Secret Service agents whether there was a bomb in the car Keoughan stated “that he had a very large, heavy bag in the trunk of his car with an asteroid in it,” according to the court document. The document says Keoughan said Trump speaks to him telepathically. He also told Secret Service agents that the president had given him the car he was driving as well as the bag with the asteroid and told him to say there was a bomb in the trunk, the court document says. He also told agents that he has received psychiatric care in the past and used “every drug.” He called himself a “peaceful hippie” who does not own weapons or have access to them, the court document said.
He approached again at 11 p.m. Officers found no record for a meeting and Keoughan left. According to a court document filed Monday, 29-year-old Sean Patrick Keoughan, of Roanoke, Va., approached the checkpoint at 10 p.m. He also said “this is a test,” according to the document. and made the statement about the bomb. Saturday and said he had a meeting with U.S. President Donald Trump.
The president was in Florida this weekend and not at the White House at the time of either incident.
WASHINGTON — A man who drove to a security checkpoint near the White House in a stolen car 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.
Still parked outside the White House. A robot inspects the trunk of the suspect’s car. NEW: from the viewfinder of @abdallahcnn. pic.twitter.com/WJsr1gejYQ
Keoughan’s attorney, Dani Jahn, a federal public defender, declined to comment when reached by telephone Monday afternoon. A mental health screening was also ordered. Prosecutors said in a statement that at a Monday court hearing Keoughan was ordered held in jail until another hearing Thursday.
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Keoughan was arrested and has been charged with threatening and conveying false information concerning the use of an explosive. The charge is punishable by a maximum of 10 years in prison.
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Associated Press reporter Ben Finley in Norfolk, Va., contributed to this report
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Military officials on Monday released information that Keoughan served in the Navy for six years, leaving in 2014 as an aviation electronics technician. Ensign Marc Rockwellpate, a spokesman for the U.S. Navy Office of Information, said he could not release details of Keoughan’s discharge because it is private information.
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Police in Roanoke said in a statement that the vehicle was stolen Friday and was a rental car. Police said the three people who were using the vehicle had gotten out of the car at an overlook in Roanoke and left the car, a Chevrolet Impala, unlocked and running when it was taken.
The exterior view of the south side of the White House, in Washington, D.C., is seen in this file photo. (Alex Wong/Getty Images)
That same day, 58-year-old William Bryant Rawlinson of Silver Spring, Md., was arrested on a charge of unlawful entry after jumping a metal barrier just outside a White House fence. Keoughan’s wasn’t the only arrest Saturday at the White House.