Man Arrested After President's Plane Leaves, Gun License Pulled
Joesph Sean McVey of Coshocton, Ohio was arrested on Sunday, April 25, in Asheville, North Carolina shortly after Airforce One left Asheville Regional Airport to fly President Obama to attend the memorial service for 29 West Virginia miners killed in an explosion.
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. Smith said McVey was not in law enforcement.
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 and Smith was not available to comment late Sunday.
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. He was being held at the Buncombe County jail on $100,000 bond.
The concealed carry permit issued to Mr. McVey has been pulled by an Ohio sheriff pending the investigation into Asheville Airport incident.
An Ohio sheriff suspended the concealed-weapons permit of an armed man who authorities say told them he wanted to see the president in North Carolina, and a report given to the Associated Press said the sheriff's office recently lectured the man about proper gun handling.
Coshocton County Sheriff Tim Rogers cited Joseph Sean McVey's arrest Sunday for the permit suspension. He described his action as a suspension pending the outcome of the North Carolina investigation.
McVey had a handgun at his side when he was spotted by police in an Asheville Regional Airport parking lot Sunday just after Air Force One departed, police said. His car was loaded with police equipment, including a siren and lights, and had a note with formulas used for firing a rifle with a scope, authorities said.
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