Nichole Hannahs

Coshocton Man Arrested in North Carolina Airport Incident

by Nichole Hannahs on April 26, 2010 at 9:41 am

A Coshocton man says he just wanted to talk to the President when he was arrested Sunday at an Asheville, North Carolina airport with a gun .

23-year-old Joseph McVey will face a court appearance Monday.

Asheville Regional Airport Police Captain Kevan Smith says about 2pm Sunday officers saw McVey get out of a car in the public parking lot with a handgun. Security was heightened because President Barack Obama was departing after vacationing in the state.

McVey was nowhere near the President’s plane.  Smith says McVey’s car also had strobe lights like a police car might, but the suspect isn’t 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.