The Texas man who jumped the White House fence and ran into the building with a folding knife on Sept. 19 was indicted on additional charges relating to the incident today, the U.S. Attorney’s Office for D.C. announced.
Omar Gonzalez, 42, was initially indicted on Sept. 30 and handed three charges, including the federal offense of illegally entering a restricted building while carrying a dangerous weapon. He was also charged with allegedly violating D.C. law by carrying a dangerous weapon outside a home or place of business and unlawful possession of ammunition. Upon his arrest at the White House, officials searched his nearby car on Constitution Avenue NW and found hundreds of rounds of ammunition in it.
Today, he was slapped with two additional federal counts of assaulting, resisting, or impeding officers or employees and one D.C. count of unlawful possession of a large capacity ammunition feeding device.
Gonzalez climbed over the north fence of the White House and ran through the north entrance of the building. Once inside, he allegedly assaulted or resisted two U.S. Secret Service officers, which is the reason for the additional federal charges. Officials recovered gun magazines that held more than 10 rounds.
Gonzalez has been in custody since his arrest and is scheduled to appear in court on Oct. 21.
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