Oscar Ramiro Ortega-Hernandez, 21-year old Idaho man from Idaho Falls, was charged today with attempt to assassinate President Barack Obama. The complaint claims that he had told one friend that the president was “the Antichrist” and that he “needed to kill him.”
The man, Oscar Ramiro Ortega-Hernandez of Idaho Falls, who is accused of spraying bullets from an assault rifle at the residential floors of the White House last week, was also “convinced the federal government is conspiring against him” and had become “increasingly more agitated” before he disappeared from Idaho last month, the complaint said.
The complaint was filed in conjunction with a brief appearance by Mr. Ortega-Hernandez in a federal courthouse in Pittsburgh on Thursday afternoon. He had been arrested on Wednesday at a hotel near the town of Indiana, Pa., and officials intend to bring him back to the District of Columbia to face the assassination charge, which carries a maximum sentence of life in prison.
Law enforcement officials had been hunting for Mr. Ortega-Hernandez since Friday night, after discovering evidence linked to his identity in a black Honda Accord with an Idaho license plate. The car was found abandoned on the lawn of the United States Institute of Peace, about seven blocks west of the White House and near a bridge over the Potomac River.
Minutes earlier, at least two witnesses had seen the car pause on Constitution Avenue in front of the Ellipse — a grassy field between the White House and the Washington Monument — as gunshots were fired out of its passenger window, after which the vehicle sped away, according to the complaint.
A search of the car found a Romanian-made semiautomatic rifle with a “large scope” mounted on its top, nine spent cartridges, and large amounts of ammunition of the same size as a bullet later found at the White House. Two of Mr. Ortega-Hernandez’s acquaintances in Idaho said he owned such a weapon, the complaint said.
He seems to need some help!