Secret Service Arrests Man Within Block of White House

A Secret Service officer outside the White House last month. An intruder ran through bushes near the North Portico that officers wrongly thought were too thick for anyone to pass through. (Evan Vucci/Associated Press)
A Secret Service officer outside the White House last month. An intruder ran through bushes near the North Portico that officers wrongly thought were too thick for anyone to pass through. (Evan Vucci/Associated Press)
A Secret Service officer outside the White House last month. An intruder ran through bushes near the North Portico that officers wrongly thought were too thick for anyone to pass through. (Evan Vucci/Associated Press)

 

WASHINGTON (New York Times) — The Secret Service arrested an Iowa man outside the White House on Wednesday who had a hunting rifle and ammunition in his car, according to law enforcement officials.

The man, Renae Kapheim, 41, of Davenport, approached uniformed Secret Service officers on foot at 15th and E Streets, a block from the White House, at 12:54 p.m., according to the officials.

“He said that someone had told him that he should come to the White House, so he had driven to Washington to do so,” said a senior law enforcement official. “The officers interviewed him there and realized that there needed to be further investigating because something wasn’t right.”

Mr. Kapheim consented to a search of his car, and in the course of that search, the officers found a hunting rifle in his trunk and the ammunition.

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