Print

News >> Browse Articles >> Crime News

-20

Armed Man Arrested After Asking for Obama at NC Airport

Armed Man Arrested After Asking for Obama at NC Airport

In this police mug shot provided by the Buncombe County Sheriff's Office on Sunday, April 25, 2010, Joseph Sean McVey is shown. McVey has been charged after authorities spotted him with a gun in a North Carolina airport parking lot as Air Force One was de

Associated Press

April 26, 2010

ASHEVILLE, N.C. – An armed man who was spotted at a North Carolina airport parking lot just after Air Force One departed and said he wanted to see the president was to appear before a judge Monday.

Authorities arrested Joseph Sean McVey, 23, of Coshocton, Ohio, on Sunday afternoon at the Asheville Regional Airport and charged him with going armed in terror of the public, a misdemeanor.

A first appearance in court was scheduled for Monday, said Sgt. John Lutz of the Buncombe County jail, where McVey was being held on $100,000 bond.

McVey told an officer in the airport parking lot he wanted to see the president and he had a car equipped with police gear, including a siren and flashing lights, though he did not work in law enforcement, authorities said.

Security was heightened at the airport Sunday because President Barack Obama was leaving after spending the weekend vacationing in Asheville.

At about 2 p.m., airport police saw McVey get out of a maroon car with Ohio plates and that he had a sidearm, airport police Capt. Kevan Smith said. Both airport police and the Secret Service questioned him and he was taken into custody. The suspect was nowhere near the president’s plane, which had just departed, and was in a rental car return lot that is open to the public, Smith said.

His car was equipped with clear LED law enforcement-style strobe lights in the front and rear dash, Smith said. The car also had a mounted digital camera in the front window, four large antennas on the trunk lid, and under the steering wheel was a working siren box.

When McVey got out of the car, he was listening to a handheld scanner and radio that had a remote earpiece, Smith said. Police said he was monitoring local agencies and had formulas for rifle scopes on a note in his cup holder. Police did not immediately elaborate on what the formulas might mean.

McVey gave authorities an Ohio driver’s license, but a computer check failed to show the number was valid, police said. His hometown of Coshocton is about halfway between Pittsburgh and Columbus, Ohio.

When Officer Kaleb Rice asked him what he was doing, McVey told him he heard the president was in town and wanted to see him.

Rice removed the firearm and took McVey into custody.

The investigation into what McVey was doing with a gun, with formulas for rifle scopes and why his car was equipped with police gear was continuing, Smith said. The Secret Service had no comment on the arrest Sunday, deferring to airport police.

Other Top News:


-20
  • Police3_max50

    wasimtiger1

    over 4 years ago

    274 Comments

    wow . im glad they got him. I wonder what was his plan

  • Carbine_2__2__max50

    mikect03

    over 4 years ago

    60 Comments

    Looks like someone hasn't been taking their medication.

  • Car6_max50

    Ahi

    over 4 years ago

    1990 Comments

    dude sounds crazy, glad they caught him.

  • In_remembrance_of_oakland_pd_max50_max50_max50_max50_max50

    rhood

    over 4 years ago

    23592 Comments

    It is best that he was caught before he was able to do something truely stupid.

  • Images_max50

    OFFICER_K_CPD

    over 4 years ago

    2296 Comments

    ....

  • Scan0001_max50

    bristp

    over 4 years ago

    248 Comments

    moonbat...

  • Ba_old_glory_max50

    Jonas

    over 4 years ago

    43684 Comments

    The spelling has been changed to protect the innocent? McVey, McVeigh or however the other one was spelled. To answer 3Alan11's question; they come from everywhere! Sad but true.

  • Spartan_cops_max50

    Lawful_Blue

    over 4 years ago

    1184 Comments

    Where do these people come from??

  • Photo_user_blank_big

    rsironron

    over 4 years ago

    5220 Comments

    Glad they caught him.

  • P3_max50

    madog87

    over 4 years ago

    894 Comments

    aww man how did he think this was gona end up good for him?....

  • Photo_user_blank_big

    lilpete971

    over 4 years ago

    112 Comments

    good comment

  • Photo_user_blank_big

    Anonymous

    over 4 years ago

    OK... The "other guy" was McVeigh, not McVey.... Althought it sounds too closed for comfort...
    By the way, he also used to look like a child... But was pure evil:

    http://www.jonesreport.com/images/181206_mcveigh_1991.jpg

  • 100_0440_1__max600_max50

    mark27dh

    over 4 years ago

    980 Comments

    Makes you wonder how many people he has stopped before to become that comfortable acting like an officer.

  • 2-8-07_002_max50

    jprs89

    over 4 years ago

    516 Comments

    he looks 15 for one thing. 2, mcvey, now that brings back a lot of emotion for most people. espically as how they just had the anniversary

  • Photo_user_blank_big

    shaun741

    over 4 years ago

    2758 Comments

    lucky escape

PoliceLink School Finder

Save time in your search for a criminal justice degree program. Use PoliceLink's School Finder to locate schools online and in your area.

Get Info

* In the event that we cannot find a program from one of our partner schools that matches your specific area of interest, we may show schools with similar or unrelated programs.

Recent Activity

Image_max30
ApocalypseAnnie333 posted in: "Starting a FB charity Page :)", 4 minutes ago.
Ba_old_glory_max30
Jonas commented on: "When the Game Stands Tall", 5 minutes ago.
Photo_user_blank_big
joseviceral submitted the article: "When the Game Stands Tall", 10 minutes ago.
Image_max30
ApocalypseAnnie333 commented on: "Alex C.", 11 minutes ago.