Another day, another attempted break-in to the White House.
On March 10th, 26-year old Jonathan Tran kicked off the trend, hopping the White House fence and wandering around for nearly twenty minutes before being caught by the Secret Service. Then as more details were being learned about that case, on the 18th another man was arrested outside the White House after jumping the bicycle rack in front of the White House fence, but was arrested before he could scale it.
And that turned out to be just one of two such incidents on Saturday.
According to Reuters: A 29-year-old man who was arrested near the White House late on Saturday falsely told the U.S. Secret Service he had a bomb, according to a police report released on Sunday.
Sean Patrick Keoughan of Roanoke, Virginia, was arrested after he pulled up to the security checkpoint near the White House just after 11 p.m. on Saturday in a stolen 2017 Chevrolet Impala.
Keoughan told the Secret Service: “There’s a bomb in the trunk” while holding something in his right hand, the police report said. As he was arrested, Keoughan added: “This is atest,” the report added.
The suspect was charged with false bomb threats and unauthorized use of a vehicle.
It was the second scare at the presidential residence on Saturday after a person jumped over a bike rack in a buffer zone in front of the White House at 12:40 p.m.
Washington police said in a separate report that 58-year-old William Bryant Rawlinson of Silver Spring, Maryland, was arrested for unlawful entry. The Secret Service said Rawlinson was “standing behind the security barrier in an unauthorized area, yelling nonsensical statements,” the report said.
Neither person seemed aware of the presidents whereabouts – as he was in Florida at the time.
This marks three security incidents in just over a week’s time.
Will there be more this week? Time will tell. But it’s not a good trend.
[Note: This post was authored by Matt Palumbo. Follow him on Twitter @MattPalumbo12]