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UPDATE | Hazle Township man charged with bomb threat at White House

April 10. 2013 9:52AM

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UPDATED 11:24 a.m.

HAZLE TOWNSHIP - According to a woman living at the home of Krzysztof Wasik, who did not want to provide her name, Wasik has mental illness and may have stopped taking his medications.

The Hazle Township man was arrested Wednesday morning by D.C. police.

The woman said she was awakened at about 5 a.m. Wednesday when she received a phone call from the Secret Service stating that they had her husband in custody after he allegedly claimed he had a bomb in a truck near the White House.

"He's a great guy. He just needs help," the woman, who became emotional, said. "He's very well liked by everybody. He just has issues when he doesn't take his medication."

She added that Wasik was not a violent man and he has no anti-government tendencies.

"He's into the Bible and God. He's a good citizen," she said. "He must have just snapped because he stopped taking his medications."

The woman added that she assured the Secret Service that Wasik does not have a bomb.

She believed that he was in Scranton, where he is employed as a truck driver, last night. She had no idea why he would be in Washington, D.C. this morning.

The woman said she and Wasik separated about two weeks ago.

POSTED 9:52 a.m.

WASHINGTON (AP) — A Pennsylvania man has been arrested after police say he made a bomb threat outside the White House.

D.C. police spokesman Araz Alali says the man approached an officer at the White House gates Wednesday morning and warned that a bomb would detonate in a truck parked nearby.

Surrounding streets and the entrance to a nearby Metro rail station were shut down as the Secret Service inspected the vehicle for explosives.

Streets were reopened after nothing dangerous was found inside the truck.

The man has been identified as 44-year-old Krzysztof Wasik of Hazle Township, Pa. He has been charged with making felony threats and is being held pending a court appearance.

It wasn't immediately clear if he had a lawyer.

Copyright 2013 The Associated Press.

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