Omar Gonzalez, the Iraq war veteran who scaled a fence before breaking into the White House on Friday night, had more than 800 rounds of ammunition, two hatchets, and a machete in his car when he was arrested, prosecutors said today. He’d previously been stopped in August while carrying a hatchet in front of the White House, and was arrested in July with a cache of weapons. From the New York Times:
In July, Mr. Gonzalez was arrested after he led Virginia troopers on a high-speed pursuit along Interstate 81 in Southwest Virginia in his Ford Bronco. After being stopped, police found the vehicle filled with weapons, according to a release by the state police.
Among the items found in Mr. Gonzalez’s vehicle in July was a mini-arsenal of 11 guns including two shotguns and four rifles, some equipped with scopes and bipods that a sniper would use and “a map of Washington, D.C., with writing and a line drawn to the White House,” law enforcement officials said. He also had four pistols, three of them loaded, and a revolver. The inventory of Mr. Gonzales’ vehicle listed by the Virginia State Police indicates the items were found stored in his vehicle’s “bulky floor.”
It appears that the charges against Gonzalez in Virginia are still pending. He is currently being held without bail.