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Man who shot at White House faces more charges

| Tuesday, Jan. 17, 2012

WASHINGTON — A man arrested in a motel near Indiana, Pa., just days after allegedly trying to kill President Barack Obama by firing up to a dozen shots at the White House is facing more charges.

Oscar Ramiro Ortega-Hernandez — who was arrested without incident Nov. 16 at the Hampton Inn near Indiana, just five days after the Nov. 11 shooting, — was formally charged Tuesday by a grand jury in Washington.

A five-page document charges him with 17 counts, including attempting to assassinate the president. Also, he faces charges of assault with a dangerous weapon, using a weapon during a crime of violence and doing damage to the White House of more than $1,000.

Ortega-Hernandez is from Idaho Falls, Idaho. During a December hearing, a judge ordered him detained without bond.

A telephone message left Tuesday for Ortega-Hernandez's lawyer was not immediately returned.

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