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Armed man arrested at US airport as Obama departs

Armed man arrested at US airport as Obama departs

ASHEVILLE, North Carolina _ An Ohio man has been charged after authorities spotted him with a gun in a North Carolina airport parking lot as the president's airplane was departing Sunday afternoon.
Joseph McVey, 23, is charged going armed in terror of the public, a misdemeanor, said Asheville Regional Airport Police Capt. Kevan Smith. Airport police saw McVey get out of a car about 2 p.m. local time in the rental car return lot and he had a gun, Smith said. He was taken into custody immediately and was being held at the county jail.
There was no answer at the jail to check if McVey had an attorney.
Security was heightened at the airport because President Barack Obama was leaving in Air Force One after vacationing in the state, headed to the memorial service for the 29 West Virginia coal miners killed in an explosion. The suspect was not near the president's plane and was in a public area.
Obama also visited 91-year-old evangelist Billy Graham's home after spending the weekend in Asheville.
McVey's car had strobe lights like a police car might, but the suspect is not in law enforcement, said Smith.
The investigation into what McVey was doing with a gun and why his car was equipped with strobe lights is continuing, Smith said.


Updated : 2021-10-25 17:35 GMT+08:00