April 25th, 2010
08:00 PM ET

Man arrested after Obama leaves North Carolina

Police in Asheville, North Carolina, arrested a man they said was impersonating a police officer at the city's airport after President Obama flew out of town on Sunday.

Joseph McVey, 23, was being held on a charge of going armed to the terror of the public, according to the Buncombe County jail's booking office. McVey's bail was set at $100,000, Officer Donna Player told CNN.

Journalists saw police put the handcuffed man into an Asheville Regional Airport police car in the facility's parking lot after Obama's plane departed following the first family's weekend vacation in the western North Carolina mountains.

Airport police Capt. Kevan Smith said the suspect was driving a car that was made to look like a law enforcement vehicle with working lights and sirens. He would provide no further details about the suspect, but emphasized that the president was never in any danger.

Additional charges were pending Sunday evening, he said.

CNN's Jeremy Ryan and Matt Smith contributed to this report.

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  1. Michael M

    Another nut-job running around with a bust-me sign on his head.

    April 25, 2010 at 11:51 pm | Report abuse |
  2. The Red Balloon

    Scary. The guy had working sirens and lights. I wonder if he's a serial killer?

    April 26, 2010 at 9:00 am | Report abuse |
  3. Doug W

    I went to high school with this guy. He is certifiably crazy. I should've known it was only a matter of time before he did something insane like this.

    April 26, 2010 at 9:15 am | Report abuse |
  4. Blivet

    Sounds like McVey was auditioning for a job withTSA . . .

    Wannabees attracting wannabees. Sounds like a good match.

    April 26, 2010 at 9:36 am | Report abuse |
  5. Roger

    Is this guy any relation to Timothy McVey? Coincidence maybe but the anniversary of
    the Oklahoma bombing was this week.

    April 26, 2010 at 10:34 am | Report abuse |
  6. voxremedium

    This man should be put to death on sight by any one that sees him. All of this threat of violence and assasination must not be tolerated. The racist retoric and this so called tea party garbage is giving people the fuel for their personal hatred to explode. The black community will not allow another Martin Luther King type assasination to happen regardless of the motivation behind the attempt. Attacking this black man will insight a different typw of march that will lead right to the assasins home and those of his family, friends and other like minded people.

    April 26, 2010 at 11:28 am | Report abuse |
  7. Hugo Fugersev

    "This man should be put to death on sight by any one that sees him. All of this threat of violence and assasination must not be tolerated."

    Wow, can anyone else see the irony in these two sentences.

    April 26, 2010 at 1:54 pm | Report abuse |
    • DENNIS I.

      Yes, I see the irony, I also see people out for blood for any reason. If this guy was shot by cops or secret Service, the very people who hate the President & want him gone, would try to pin this kook's death on Obama.
      And what's with that new offense? "Armed with terror to the public."? Sounds like 89% of the Tea Baggers for Beck crowd in DC.

      October 19, 2010 at 10:36 pm | Report abuse |
  8. Marlene

    I can understand a bit if Mc Vey wanted to see Obama and his plane, but he lives in Ohio not North Carolina. Was this the sole purpose of his trip? Was it to scout President Obama's security procedures? That is a long drive. Looking at his illegally equipped car, perhaps he put it together just to give himself some feeling of power. As for the handgun he was carrying, no mention was made as to whether it was loaded. Does NC allow citizens to openly carry handguns?

    Regardless of his motivation, McVey has no chance of ever being a police officer based on the recent ill chosen choices he made. It was justified that he was taken into custody under very suspicious circumstances.

    April 26, 2010 at 1:58 pm | Report abuse |
  9. Bob Loblaw

    He's innocent. That's how we do law in the US.

    He has been CHARGED with a misdemeanor and is being held indefinitely at the request of the feds, even if he makes the $100,000 bail? Civil rights violations big time! "Going armed to the terror of the public", What is that?

    First they came for the wannabe cops, and I said nothing, because I don't wannabe a cop.

    April 26, 2010 at 3:16 pm | Report abuse |
  10. Lamont G Sible Jr

    quote on>"All of this threat of violence and assasination must not be tolerated. The racist retoric and this so called tea party garbage is giving people the fuel for their personal hatred to explode. The black community will not allow another Martin Luther King type assasination to happen regardless of the motivation behind the attempt. Attacking this black man will insight a different typw of march that will lead right to the assasins home and those of his family, friends and other like minded people."< quote off
    *****************************
    A very good statement above. If the Tea Party gets "their wish" and Obama gets assasinated, they may well get their wish of a 'Revolution", but not the type of Revolution they wished for!!!

    April 27, 2010 at 1:53 pm | Report abuse |
  11. Mike D

    The responses in this article are just sad. You really think that the goal of the Tea Party movement is the assassination of the president? Anyone who thinks that is beyond delusional. You guys will do anything to attack those who criticize your beloved Obama. And of course you have to play the race card. Anyone who doesn't support Obama is a racist right? It seems to me that the only reason one would call someone who is against Obama a racist is because you don't have any legitimate argument to make, so you have to jump to wild conclusions and completely ignorant assumptions of racism. Get over it, not everyone who opposes Obama's actions are racist. Some of us, those who use logic, reason, and critical thinking, can see through his lies and deceptions. He is destroying our economy. He picked up right where Bush left off. All of you fall for his ruse. Make a few tax cuts to pacify the ignorant populace, but continue on with the printing of money which causes massive inflation and basically steals money right out of your wallet. Wake up people, this isn't about Democrats or Republicans. It's not about Black and White. It's about all of us, Americans, being swindled by damn near every politician in Washington. Our dollar is being eroded away through the massive spending that both sides are a part of. Trillions of dollars to bail out corrupt banks, money that we never had in the first place.

    But I'm sure I'm just wasting my time. Everyone is still clinging to that "Hope" and "Change" delusion. We got change, but it only seems to be change for the worse.

    April 27, 2010 at 7:57 pm | Report abuse |
    • J.S.

      I FOR ONE STAND UP AND APPLAUD YOU SIR ! ! !

      October 19, 2010 at 3:49 pm | Report abuse |