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Man arrested outside White House after threat: 'I have a knife'

Posted at 7:25 PM, Feb 09, 2020
and last updated 2020-02-09 19:27:26-05

WASHINGTON -- Police say a man carrying a knife was arrested outside the White House after he told a U.S. Secret Service officer that he was there to kill the president.

Twenty-five-year-old Roger Hedgpeth was arrested Saturday on a charge of making threats to do bodily harm.

A police report says Hedgpeth approached a Secret Service officer who was patrolling outside the White House and said he was there to “assassinate” President Donald Trump.

The report quotes Hedgpeth as saying: “I have a knife to do it with."

Police say Hedgpeth was taken for a mental health evaluation.