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Posted at 12:53 PM ET, 06/20/2011

Suspect in Pentagon scare appears in court

A Northern Virginia man whose suspicious behavior near the Pentagon prompted a security scare appeared in state court to answer unrelated charges.

Yonathan Melaku of Alexandria made an initial appearance Monday in Loudoun County General District Court on two grand larceny charges. The 22-year-old Melaku was ordered held without bond pending a status hearing Thursday.

During the brief hearing, nothing was said about his detention Friday after U.S. Park Police observed him in Arlington National Cemetery after dark. Melaku’s behavior after he was confronted by police prompted massive road closures during the Friday rush hour and a search of his Alexandria home.

No federal charges have been filed, but his detention on state charges gives federal authorities more time to investigate Friday’s incident.

By Associated Press  |  12:53 PM ET, 06/20/2011

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