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McLean VA: A man told officers at the CIA headquarters gate, “I’m here and I have a gun,” a police source says.


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Fairfax County police say they found an AK-47 and another weapon after a man trespassed at a Virginia preschool.


[Breaking news update, published at 1:31 p.m. ET]

A man who is now under arrest walked up to the gate of CIA headquarters on Tuesday and allegedly said, “I’m here and I have a gun,” a law enforcement source told CNN.

Uniformed federal officers turned him away and notified Fairfax County, Virginia, police of his description, the source said Wednesday.

He was later identified as Eric Sandow of Gainesville, Florida, and arrested and charged with aggravated possession of a firearm on school property, police said.

[Original story, last published at 12:44 p.m. ET]

A man with an AK-47 in his vehicle who said he was on his way to the CIA has been charged with felony possession of a firearm on school property, police in Virginia said.

Florida resident Eric Sandow, 32, was arrested Tuesday at Dolley Madison Preschool in McLean after police said he trespassed on school grounds around 10 p.m. 11. The kindergarten is less than 1.5 miles from CIA headquarters.

“He requested access to the building’s facilities to use the restroom, which was denied by school staff,” Dolley Madison Preschool said in a statement Wednesday. “At no time did he gain physical access to the school building.”

Fairfax County police were then called to the scene. “While speaking with him, he stated that he had weapons inside his car located on school property,” police said Wednesday in a statement.

“Officers searched the car and found two weapons, an AK-47 and a pistol, along with magazines and ammunition.”

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Sandow was arraigned Wednesday morning in Fairfax County General District Court, an official said.

He was detained on Wednesday without bond, the police said. It was not immediately clear whether Sandow had legal representation.

“It does not appear that he was acting with anyone else,” Fairfax County police said. “Sandow made no threats and the weapons never left the vehicle.”

Sandow does not appear to have a long criminal history, public records show. He was charged with domestic misconduct in 2014 and did not declare a political party with his voter registration.

The police praised the alert person who called them to the daycare on Tuesday.

“We are grateful to the community member who did the right thing and called us,” police said. “We want to remind our community to report suspicious activity, as you never know what you might prevent by making that call.”

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