Armed man who 'wanted to see' Obama held

April 26, 2010 20:06

ASHEVILLE, North Carolina - An armed man spotted at a airport parking lot just after Air Force One departed and who said he wanted to see President Barack Obama was being held at the request of federal authorities, a judge said Monday.

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

McVey, wearing a white jail jumpsuit, appeared calm and spoke in a steady voice via a video conference Monday morning while district Judge Patricia Young said federal authorities wanted him kept in custody even if he posts bail.

McVey was being held under a $100,000 secured bond for the misdemeanor charge and faces up to 120 days in jail if convicted, the judge said. She told him an attorney had agreed to represent him.

Young set his next court date for June 10.

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