Oscar Ortega-Hernandez, a 21-year-old man from Idaho, was arrested Wednesday after he was suspected for firing a shot from a semiautomatic rifle at the White House on Friday evening.
Oscar Ramiro Ortega-Hernandez was arrested by Pennsylvania State Police near Indiana, Penn. in a motel after he was thought to be suspect in the shooting at the White House Friday evening.
Ortega-Hernandez reportedly has a criminal history in three different states including 19 charges ranging from drugs, underage possession of alcohol, assaults on law enforcement officers and burglary, all of which resulted in fines and jail time eventually reduced.
According to Local News 8, Ortega comes from Idaho Falls, the second largest city in Idaho where his family owns the Puerto Vallarta Mexican restaurant. His family reported him missing on Oct. 31 but Idaho Falls Police Department said they stopped searching on Nov. 11 when police in Arlington reported him loitering.
I'm really concerned about what he's done, Ortega-Henandez's mother Maria told Local News 8 on Monday.
Fox News reported that Ortega-Hernandez suffers from mental illness and may have spent time at the Occupy D.C. protest. It is not clear whether or not Ortega-Hernandez was part of the movement. The Secret Service searched the Occupy D.C. camp site nearby the White House on Monday, which an organizer of the protest has confirmed.
While it is unclear what the intentions of Oscar Ortega-Hernandez were, Secret Service officials determined Ortega-Hernandez had a direction of interest toward the president and the White House, according to people who knew him, though this information did not pose a direct threat.
Friday: Two Rounds Fired
On Friday around 9:30 p.m., two gunshots were fired from a street between the White House and the Washington Monument. Witnesses said they heard gunfire, screeching tires and vehicles traveling at high speeds in the area surrounding the White House.
According to reports, President Barack Obama was not home at the time of the shooting, as he was headed to the Asia Pacific economic summit.
The Secret Service said one of the bullets struck a White House window, but was stopped by ballistic glass.
A round was stopped by ballistic glass behind the historic exterior glass. One additional round has been found on the exterior of the White House. This damage has not been conclusively connected to Friday's incident, and an assessment of the exterior of the White House is ongoing, a Secret Service statement said.
CBS News reported that White House workers were seen on Wednesday inspecting windows nearby the President's bedroom, though police have not yet released the exact location that was struck.
The Service reported they have found the bullets on the south side of the White House on Tuesday, four days after the shooting. Police also found a weapon, an AK47 assault rifle, in a nearby car registered to Ortega-Hernandez.
After an investigation of a nearby vehicle, police identified the suspect as 21-year-old Hispanic male Ortega-Hernandez. Secret Service said Ortega-Hernandez was arrested in a Pennsylvania hotel on Wednesday shortly after noon.
Ortega-Hernandez is currently in custody with the state police.