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Prosecutor: 800 ammo rounds found in car of White House intruder

4 years 6 months 4 weeks ago Monday, September 22 2014 Sep 22, 2014 September 22, 2014 3:48 PM September 22, 2014 in News
Source: Associated Press

WASHINGTON - Authorities are describing Omar Gonzalez as a threat to the president.

Gonzalez is the man accused of scaling the White House fence on Friday and sprinting inside the building, where he was stopped after making his way through the front door while armed with a knife.

Investigators say they found more than 800 rounds of ammunition in his car, along with a machete and two hatchets.

And authorities say Gonzalez was arrested earlier in the summer in Virginia with a carful of weapons. According to a federal prosecutor, he'd also had a map with the White House circled.

President Barack Obama and his family had left the White House for Camp David Friday evening when the incident occurred. Obama's spokesman said Monday that the president was "obviously concerned" about what happened.

The Secret Service increased its security today around the perimeter of the White House, while investigating how officers had allowed the incident to happen.

Gonzalez, a 42-year-old Army veteran from Copperas Cove, Texas, faces charges of entering a restricted building or grounds while carrying a deadly or dangerous weapon.

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