Missing Idaho Falls Man Arrested For White House Shooting

Nov 16, 2011

BOISE, ID – Pennsylvania State Police arrested Oscar Ramiro Ortega-Hernandez Wednesday.  He’s accused of firing shots at the White House.  Ortega-Hernandez has been missing from Idaho for several weeks.  Joelyn Hansen is a spokeswoman for the Idaho Falls Police Department.  She said, "His family reported him missing on October 31st.  He apparently was supposed to be going to Utah and they had not heard from him.  We put him into our database as a missing person and we’ve been working the case."

Instead of traveling to Utah, federal investigators believe he shot at the White House with an assault rifle Friday.  That’s when Idaho Falls police discovered he was near Washington, D.C.   Hansen said, "On November 11th, we received information from Arlington police in Virginia that they made contact with Mr. Ortega and that he was fine.  They advised him to go ahead and contact his family because they were looking for him and that was the last that we heard about him."  Secret Service agents from the Pittsburgh Field Office helped state police locate Ortega-Hernandez at a Pennsylvania hotel.

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