Armed Va. Man Arrested Near Capitol During Obama Speech

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Thursday, September 10, 2009; 3:26 PM

U.S. Capitol Police have arrested a Virginia man they say tried to get into a secure area near the Capitol with a gun in his car as the president gave his health care address to Congress.

Police spokeswoman Kimberly Schneider said Thursday that 28-year-old Joshua Bowman of Falls Church, Va., was arrested around 8 p.m. Wednesday. He was arrested in the 300 block of First Street SE, police said.

Schneider says Bowman approached a security checkpoint near the Cannon House Office Building in a 4-door Honda Civic and told officers he wanted to park.

People who want to get into the area must have a permit and have their vehicles searched. The timing of the request raised an officer's suspicion, Schneider said, and Bowman consented to a vehicle search.

Schneider says a shotgun and ammunition were found in Bowman's trunk. She says Bowman was charged with having an unregistered firearm and ammunition.


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