Pennsylvania trucker charged after White House threat

By Greg Grisolano, Land Line staff writer | Thursday, April 11, 2013

A trucker is in custody after reportedly telling a Secret Service agent at the White House that he would detonate a bomb unless he spoke to President Obama.

The driver, 44-year-old Krzyszstof Wasik, of Hazle Township, PA, is charged with one count of threatening and conveying false information concerning use of an explosive, according to an affidavit filed with the U.S. Attorney’s office.

The affidavit states that at 4:35 a.m. on April 10, a man approached a Secret Service agent at the north fence line of the White House. The suspect reportedly told the agent he wanted to see “the President” because he was upset about rules and regulations in the trucking industry, as well as fines.

Wasik was told that he would not be able to speak to the president, and that he should direct his concerns to an agency that regulates transportation. The suspect is reported to have initially agreed with this suggestion and left.

However, 15 minutes later, the same suspect was back again, and had a new tactic to gain entry into the West Wing – a bomb threat.

The affidavit states the suspect told the agent “I know what it takes to get things done around here. I have a bomb in my truck parked 500 feet from here.” The agent requested that Wasik provide the location of the truck, and for a description of the bomb, but the suspect refused to comply until he spoke with the president. He was promptly arrested.

At 4:48 a.m., authorities located a semi-cab tractor bearing Pennsylvania plates at the corner of Vermont and H Streets, parked directly in front of the Veterans Affairs Building. The location is approximately one block away from the White House and 200 feet away from the entry barrier to the White House complex.

All vehicle and pedestrian traffic in and around the area was shut down for approximately two hours while a military explosives team and local police and firefighters investigated the vehicle. No bomb or explosive materials were found.

A representative from the U.S. Attorney’s office declined to comment on Wasik’s citizenship. The Secret Service could not be reached for comment Thursday.

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