The Latest: City police aid feds in homeland security case

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Posted: Jun 22, 2016 2:56 PM

MARTINSBURG, W.Va. (AP) — The Latest on a U.S. Department of Homeland Security employee under investigation for having weapons at the agency's headquarters (all times EDT):

3 p.m.

Police in the West Virginia hometown of a federal homeland security worker under investigation for why he brought weapons to work are assisting Homeland Security and Secret Service agents in the case.

Martinsburg Deputy Police Chief George Swartwood said Wednesday that city police aided federal law enforcement in the probe of Jonathan Wienke.

He was arrested June 9 at work, and federal agents sought a search warrant for his home.

Swartwood said he was unaware of any other city police calls to Wienke's address. He declined to search for any records of calls, saying that could be part of another agency's investigation.

A spokeswoman for the U.S. attorney's office in Martinsburg, Ashley Lough, referred calls to the U.S. attorney's office for the District of Columbia.

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10 a.m.

No one answered the door at the Martinsburg, West Virginia, home of a federal homeland security worker under investigation for having weapons at the agency's Washington headquarters.

Jonathan Wienke was arrested June 9 at work and charged with carrying a pistol without a license.

Federal prosecutors are investigating whether the employee with top-secret clearance was planning an attack at the agency's headquarters when he entered the building with a gun, a knife, an infrared camera, pepper spray and handcuffs.

Wienke is an analyst in the Office of Intelligence and Analysis.

Wienke's address in Martinsburg was listed as half of a duplex near an Amtrak station that federal workers use to commute to the District of Columbia. A set of chimes dangled from the porch. A grill and playground equipment were in the backyard.

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6 a.m.

Federal prosecutors are investigating whether a Department of Homeland Security employee with top-secret clearance was planning an attack at the agency's Washington headquarters when he entered the building with a gun, a knife, an infrared camera, pepper spray and handcuffs.

Jonathan Wienke is an analyst in the Office of Intelligence and Analysis.

He allegedly carried the weapons into the building on the morning of June 9. Court documents filed by the federal government state that investigators have probable cause to believe Wienke "was conspiring with another to commit workplace violence, and more particularly may have been conspiring or planning to commit violence against senior DHS officials in the building."

Wienke was charged on June 10 with carrying a pistol without a license.