Omar J. Gonzalez, the man who was arrested after scaling the White House fence before making it inside, is a veteran who was awarded a medal for his service in Iraq, the Army said Sunday.
According to the Army, Gonzalez, 42, of Copperas Cove, Texas, served from 1997 to 2003 and then again from 2005 to 2012, when he retired. Gonzalez is expected to appear in court Monday to face charges of entering a restricted building while carrying a deadly or dangerous weapon.
Although the Secret Service initially thought Gonzalez was unarmed, it was later revealed that he had a Spyderco VG-10 folding knife with a three-and-a-half inch serrated blade in his pants pocket.
Gonzalez told a Secret Service agent "that he was concerned that the atmosphere was collapsing and needed to get the information to the President of the United States so that he could get the word out to the people," according to the affidavit.
Politicians used the Sunday talk show circuit to express their outrage over the pair of incidences, but especially the Friday evening one, given the entry to the White House.
"This demands a full investigation, an investigation as to what happened, why it happened and what's being done to make sure it never happens again," Rep. Peter King, R-N.Y. told "Fox News Sunday."