R.J. Kapheim, 41, of Davenport, Iowa, walked up to a Secret Service officer on the east side of the White House grounds and “told the officer that someone in Iowa told him to go to the White House,” Secret Service spokeswoman Nicole Mainor said.Kapheim has been arrested and charged with possession of an unregistered firearm. He potentially faces additional charges.
Kapheim said he had driven to Washington from Iowa. When officers searched his car, a 2013 Volkswagen Passat parked a few blocks away on the edge of the National Mall, they found a .30-30 rifle with more than 40 rounds of ammunition and a six-inch knife in the trunk, she said.
Updated on 11/26/14: That was fast. R.J. Kapheim was arrested late last week for bringing a knife and a gun to the White House. Now we learn that Kapheim pleaded guilty yesterday to misdemeanor charges of possessing an unregistered firearm and ammunition. He will remain in custody until his sentencing date, which has been scheduled for 01/26/15.
According to the Press-Citizen, Kapheim approached a Secret Service post last week and told them that he had an appointment with President Obama. They informed him that he wasn't on the president's schedule and escorted him to his vehicle, where they found the weapons.
It's clear from reading media reports that Kapheim has been struggling with mental health problems. I don't say that to be mean or anything. Neighbors describe his behavior as "really odd" and "strange." One neighbor reports that he was trying to sell his home so that he would have enough money to pay for a "transgender operation." And then there's the larger delusion that he was summoned to see the president.
I could be wrong, but that's my uneducated assessment. Hopefully he receives the help that he needs.