Suspect in White House Shooting Captured in Pennsylvania
Published on 2011-11-17 12:33:00
Law enforcement captured a man Wednesday afternoon wanted in connection with a shooting incident near the White House Friday.
Police took 21-year-old Oscar Ramiro Ortega-Hernandez into custody in
Indiana, Penn. shortly after noon on Wednesday, NBC Washington reported. He was captured in a hotel and being held by Pennsylvania State Police. No other details were immediately available.
Indiana, Penn. is about 200 miles from Washington, D.C.
The arrest comes a day after the Secret Service said bullets were found
on the White House grounds. One hit an exterior window of the White
House and was stopped by ballistic glass. An additional round was also
found on the exterior of the White House, though the Secret Service
declined to provide a specific location.
U.S. Park Police issued an arrest warrant for Ortega after connecting
him with an assault rifle and an abandoned vehicle found seven blocks
from Friday’s incident.
Ortega is from Idaho Falls, Idaho, and was believed to be living in
the Washington area. He was reported missing Oct. 31 by his family. He
has an arrest record in three states but has not been linked to any
radical organizations, U.S. Park Police said.
Prior to the shooting, Ortega was detained by local police at an
abandoned house. U.S. Park Police said Ortega may also have spent time
blending in with Occupy D.C. protesters who have set up an encampment
near the White House.
The Secret Service said it has not conclusively linked Friday’s
incident with the bullets that were found Tuesday. President Barack
Obama was traveling at the time of the shooting Friday.
On Wednesday, officials could be seen taking photographs of a window
on the south face of the executive mansion. The window they were
inspecting is in front of the so-called Yellow Oval Room, according to
the White House website. The room is in the middle of the family‘s
living quarters on the floor that includes the president’s bedroom and
the Lincoln Bedroom.
[via The Blaze]