Man Arrested Near White House Had Rifle

Officers find it in his car after he approaches them
By John Johnson,  Newser Staff
Posted Nov 19, 2014 4:12 PM CST
Secret Service officers walk along the lawn on the North side of the White House in this file photo.   (AP Photo/Susan Walsh, File)

(Newser) – A strange arrest near the White House today: A 41-year-old Iowa man approached Secret Service officers and told them he had driven to DC because "someone in Iowa" had told him he should go to the White House, reports NBC News. After the odd statement, he gave the suspicious officers permission to search his car, and they found a hunting rifle with ammo, reports the New York Times. The man, identified as Renae Kapheim or RJ Kapheim, was charged with possession of an illegal firearm and remains in custody.

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