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article imageArmed man arrested near Air Force One in North Carolina

By Richard Mccallum     Apr 26, 2010 in World
Asheville - A man who was impersonating a police officer was arrested at the Asheville, NC, airport, as Air Force One was preparing to take off. The armed man had requested to see the president.
Joesph Sean Mcvey was placed into custody after he was seen with a gun on Sunday afternoon. He was apprehended after he left his car which was parked near a a gate that leads to the airport's runway.
The suspect was arrested after demanding to see President Obama as Air Force One was taxiing on the runway.
McVey, 23, was charged with going armed in terror of the public, which is a misdemeanor, authorities have yet to prove he was attempting to harm the president.
Mcvey is incarcerated at Buncombe County Jail with a $100,000 bond and will appear before a judge today.Police have stated that at no time was the president in jeopardy.
Airport Police Captain Kevan Smith said that when the suspect was arrested he had been monitoring law enforcement agencies with a hand held scanner.After being asked for ID, the suspect provided police with an expired Ohio driver's licence.
The Secret Service took a Springfield XD 40 caliber handgun from the suspect along with formulas for rifle scopes. Although Mcvey's car had been outfitted to resemble a police car, Smith noted that Mcvey had never worked with law enforcement.
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