White House shooting suspect obsessed with Obama (VIDEO)
White House shooting: Oscar Ortega-Hernandez, arrested for allegedly shooting at a window in the executive mansion at the White House, is believed to have an obsession with President Barack Obama.
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Ortega did not resist arrest, said Pennsylvania State Trooper Lt. Brad Shields. State troopers said Ortega had visited the hotel in recent days, and investigators believed he was back in the area Wednesday. The Secret Service passed out photographs, and a desk clerk recognized his picture and stalled him while notifying police.Skip to next paragraph
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Ortega's first court appearance is scheduled Thursday afternoon in Pittsburgh, according to the staff of U.S. Magistrate Judge Cynthia Reed Eddy.
Ortega was reported missing Oct. 31 by his family. On Friday morning, he was stopped by police in the Washington suburb of Arlington, Va., while investigating a report of a suspicious person. Police took photos of him but didn't have any reason to arrest him, Arlington police Lt. Joe Kantor said.
A message left for Ortega's mother Wednesday at an Idaho Falls restaurant where she works was not returned. Phone listings for family members in Idaho were disconnected.
Ortega has an arrest record in three states but has not been linked to any radical organizations, U.S. Park Police have said. Police searched the Occupy D.C. encampment Monday after callers said they had seen a man matching Ortega's description, but the search turned up nothing.
Witnesses on Friday reported hearing shots and seeing two speeding vehicles on Constitution Avenue near the White House. Authorities said they found an abandoned car, with the assault rifle inside, near the Theodore Roosevelt Bridge, which crosses the Potomac River to Virginia.
The bullet that hit the White House window was stopped by ballistic glass. The Secret Service didn't disclose the location of the second bullet, saying only that it "was found on the exterior of the White House."
Obama and the first lady had traveled without daughters Malia and Sasha on Friday to San Diego en route to Hawaii for a summit, prior to flying to Australia. The White House had no immediate comment on the shooting or on who may have been home at the time.
On Wednesday, officials took photographs of a window on the executive mansion's south face. The window is in front of the so-called Yellow Oval Room, according to the White House website. That room is in the middle of the family's living quarters on the floor that includes the president's bedroom and the Lincoln Bedroom.
In 2010, there were a series of pre-dawn shootings at military buildings in the Washington area, including the Pentagon and the National Museum of the Marine Corps. Police charged a Marine Corps reservist with those shootings earlier this year. The suspect, Yonathan Melaku of Alexandria, Va., remains in custody.
In the last shooting at the White House in October 1994, a Colorado man sprayed the mansion with at least 27 semiautomatic rifle bullets from Pennsylvania Avenue in an attempt to assassinate then-President Bill Clinton, who was home at the time. Bystanders subdued the suspect, and no one was injured. Francisco Martin Duran was convicted and sentenced to 40 years in prison for that shooting.
The next year, Pennsylvania Avenue was closed to traffic to bolster security.
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