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Man Accused Of Shooting At White House Arrested In Indiana Co.

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INDIANA (KDKA/AP) – A man wanted in connection with shooting at the White House has been arrested in Indiana County.

According to Pennsylvania State Police Lt. Bradley Shields of Indiana, Oscar Ortega-Hernandez is in the custody of the FBI and Secret Service. He is being questioned.

He was arrested at 12:30 p.m. at the Hampton Inn in White Township, Indiana County.

The Secret Service got information that he visited the Hampton Inn in White Township in the past and may be coming back to visit a friend.

The hotel clerk recognized him and stalled him until police arrived.

“I don’t know what they told him – if they told him, ‘Have a seat we’re looking for a room’ or I don’t know what they told him, but he was patiently waiting in the lobby when we arrived,” State Police Lt. Bradley Shields said.

A bomb squad was called to the hotel after a black backpack belonging to the suspect was found outside, but it contained personal items.

Ortega-Hernandez will be arraigned in federal court in downtown Pittsburgh before being taken back to Washington, DC.

A bullet cracked an exterior window in the part of the White House where President Obama lives, but was stopped by bullet-proof glass.

The bullet is believed to have come from a gun linked to Ortega-Hernandez.

On Wednesday, officials could be seen taking photographs of a window on the south face of the executive mansion. The window is in the center of the rounded portico.

Gunfire was reported near the White House on Friday night.


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