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Accused White House Intruder Faces New Charges

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A member of the Secret Service Uniformed Division with a K-9 walks along the perimeter fence along Pennsylvania Avenue outside the White House in Washington, Sept. 22, 2014.

A member of the Secret Service Uniformed Division with a K-9 walks along the perimeter fence along Pennsylvania Avenue outside the White House in Washington, Sept. 22, 2014.

The man who allegedly jumped a White House fence and made it inside the executive mansion before he was stopped is facing new charges.

A federal grand jury Thursday returned an indictment against Omar Gonzalez on two counts of assaulting, resisting or impeding certain officers or employees.

He also was charged with one count of unlawful possession of a large capacity ammunition feeding device. Gun magazines that hold more than 10 rounds were recovered from Gonzalez's car after his arrest September 19. Such magazines are illegal under District of Columbia law.

Those charges are in addition to counts of unlawfully entering a restricted building while carrying a deadly weapon, carrying a dangerous weapon and unlawful possession of ammunition.

Gonzalez allegedly breached the secure grounds of the White House, in an incident that drew criticism of security procedures that led to the resignation of Secret Service Director Julia Pierson.

Gonzalez, who was carrying a knife and had a machete and hundreds of rounds of ammunition in his car, made it as far as the East Room of the White House before he was tackled.

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