- Associated Press - Monday, September 22, 2014

WASHINGTON (AP) - A former Army soldier accused of sprinting across the White House lawn and into the executive mansion was heavily armed when he was arrested by Virginia state troopers after a traffic stop in July.

Wythe County Deputy Commonwealth Attorney David Saliba said Monday that Omar J. Gonzalez had a sawed off shotgun, two powerful rifles, four handguns and other guns and ammunition in his Ford Bronco when troopers stopped him in southwestern Virginia July 19.

Saliba said Gonzalez initially tried to flee troopers, weaving and driving onto a highway median.

Gonzalez was arrested at the scene after a trooper found the illegal shotgun in his car. The ammunition and weapons, including a tomahawk hatchet, were seized later.

Gonzales also had a map of Washington, D.C. and camping equipment.


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