The Secret Service says 41-year-old R.J. Renae Kapheim approached a uniformed Secret Service officer early Wednesday afternoon in Washington, D.C. He told the officer he had driven to the White House because someone in Iowa told him to do so. They say he did not specify who that was. Officers found his car parked nearby and he gave them permission to search it. They say they found a rifle, ammunition and knife in the trunk. Kapheim was charged with one count of possession of an unregistered firearm.
The Quad-City Times reports that Kapheim graduated from Davenport North High School in 1990 and is a product designer for a business his father, Henry, owns in Davenport. His late mother, Nancy, was a well-known Davenport running enthusiast. The paper says Kapheim’s neighbors were shocked at the actions that led to his arrest. Some described him as odd or strange.
(Reporting by Phil Roberts, Davenport)