WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. — The Secret Service detained a man late Saturday after he drove his car up to a checkpoint near the White House and said he had a bomb, according to police, an episode that resulted in his arrest and security on the grounds being beefed up.
President Donald Trump, who was spending the weekend at his estate in Palm Beach, Florida, was not in the White House at the time.
The intrusion came just days after a man made his way onto the White House grounds while Trump was inside. The intruder in that episode roamed the grounds undetected for about 17 minutes as Secret Service agents failed to respond to several alarms.
The man was charged with making false bomb threats and the unauthorized use of a vehicle, which had been reported stolen, the report said. Police identified him as Sean Patrick Keoughan, 29, of Roanoke, Virginia.
Earlier Saturday, another man was arrested after jumping over bicycle-rack-style barricades into a restricted area outside the White House fence on Pennsylvania Avenue, where he stood “yelling nonsensical statements,” according to a police report. Police identified him as William Bryant Rawlinson, 58, of Silver Spring, Maryland.