A 41-year-old Iowa man was taken into custody by the Secret Service from the highly secure zone White House after they uncovered a rifle and ammunition following a search of his car, the law enforcement officials said on Thursday while confirming the arrest.
RJ Kapheim, a resident of Davenport in Iowa, was arrested red-handedly with the ammunitions when his car was searched.
Secret Service spokesperson Nicole Mainor approached a uniform division official at the corner of 15th Street and E Street NW at 12:54 pm on Wednesday and said that “someone in Iowa told him to go to the White House”.
Mainorm said even if “Kapheim was not threatening, but his actions were suspicious”.
Finding something suspicious, the officers soon rushed to locate his car- a 2013 Volkswagen Passat with Iowa tags – and then conducted a search operation of the vehicle.
According to the officials, the car was parked on Constitution Ave between the 16th Street NW and the 15th Street NW.
During the search operation, the officials found a .30-30 rifle, ammunition of about 40 rounds and a 6-inch blade in the man’s car.
The police officials said that the man was arrested on charges of unregistered firearm possession among several others that are forthcoming.
Notably, many similar incidents have been witnessed over the past few months when unidentified people have been found breaching security and crossing the boundaries of the White House.