Politics & Government

White House intruder faces additional charges

A member of the US Secret Service and his service dog patrol the sidewalk in front of the White House in Washington, D.C. on Sept. 22, 2014. The US Secret Service has launched an investigation to find out how a man carrying a knife was able to get inside the front door of the White House on Friday night after jumping the fence on the north lawn. (Olivier Douliery/Abaca Press/MCT)
A member of the US Secret Service and his service dog patrol the sidewalk in front of the White House in Washington, D.C. on Sept. 22, 2014. The US Secret Service has launched an investigation to find out how a man carrying a knife was able to get inside the front door of the White House on Friday night after jumping the fence on the north lawn. (Olivier Douliery/Abaca Press/MCT) MCT

– A federal grand jury in the District of Columbia returned another indictment Thursday charging Omar Gonzalez with three additional crimes after he scaled the White House fence armed with a knife.

Gonzalez was charged with two federal counts of assaulting, resisting or impeding certain officers or employees, and one D.C. count of unlawful possession of a large capacity ammunition feeding device.

The intrusion, and other problems, led to the resignation of Secret Service Director Julia Pierson. Joseph Clancy, a former special agent in charge of the Presidential Protective Division of the Secret Service who retired in 2011, was named as acting agency director.

Gonzalez, 42, formerly of Copperas Cove, Texas, was initially indicted on charges that he unlawfully entered a restricted building or grounds while carrying a deadly or dangerous weapon, a federal offense; carrying a dangerous weapon outside a home or place of business, a D.C. offense and unlawful possession of ammunition, also a D.C. offense.

After his arrest, officers found hundreds of rounds of ammunition, both in boxes and in magazines, two hatchets and a machete.

He is scheduled to appear in court Oct. 21. He remains in custody.

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