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Arrest White House: Iowa Man Had Gun, Ammo in Parked Car

By    |   Thursday, 20 Nov 2014 07:18 AM

An Iowa man found with a hunting rifle and dozens of rounds of ammunition in the trunk of his car parked near the White House was arrested by the Secret Service on Wednesday afternoon.

R.J. Kapheim, 41, was arrested on a charge of having an unregistered firearm, which is illegal in the District of Columbia, reported The Associated Press.

Kapheim, of Davenport, was arrested after he approached uniformed officers just before 1 p.m. and explained that someone in Iowa told him to drive to the White House. He later showed them his car parked nearby and let officers search the vehicle.

The agency said officers found the rifle, ammunition and a 6-inch knife in the truck of his 2013 Volkswagen Passat.

It was unclear if Kapheim had a lawyer.

The Secret Service has been widely criticized in recent months after a series of serious security breaches.

In September a Texas man armed with a knife was able to climb over a White House fence and made ot deep into the executive mansion. According to an executive summary of a Homeland Security review of that incident, some officers on the White House grounds that night thought thick bushes near the building's front door would stop the intruder. They were also surprised when he was able to walk through a pair of doors, which were unlocked.

Earlier Wednesday, Acting Secret Service Director Joseph Clancy told a congressional panel that the agency has fallen short of its goal of perfection and being in the spotlight has had detrimental effects on morale and operational security, "both with potentially dire consequences."

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