Armed man arrested at NC airport as Obama departs

ASHEVILLE, N.C. — Police say an Ohio man has been charged after authorities spotted him with a gun in a North Carolina airport parking lot as Air Force One was departing.

Asheville Regional Airport police Capt. Kevan Smith says at about 2 p.m. Sunday, officers saw 23-year-old Joseph McVey get out of a car in the public lot and he had a handgun.

Security was heightened because President Barack Obama was departing after vacationing in the state. The suspect was nowhere near the president’s plane.

Smith says McVey’s car had strobe lights like a police car might, but the suspect is not in law enforcement.

McVey is charged with going armed in terror of the public, a misdemeanor.

Smith says the investigation into what McVey was doing with a gun and why his car was equipped with strobe lights is continuing.

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