D.C. charges woman over armed protest
WASHINGTON — A Michigan woman remains in jail Saturday after being arrested with a gun during a protest outside the White House — the second person to be detained with a firearm in two days.
April Debois, 23, of Mount Morris, was arrested about 30 minutes after the start of President Obama’s immigration speech during a protest along the White House’s north fence when Secret Service officers noticed that she was wearing a purple handgun in a holster along her right front waist.
When officers took her aside and questioned her, they discovered 13 loose bullets in an inside jacket pocket and a magazine loaded with six bullets in an outside jacket pocket, the charging documents said.
She was charged with carrying a pistol without a license in the District of Columbia, possession of an unregistered firearm and possession of unregistered ammunition. She is scheduled to return Monday to District of Columbia Superior Court for another hearing.
R.J. Renae Kapheim, 43, of Davenport, Iowa, was charged with illegally carrying an unregistered firearm in the District of Columbia. He is accused of having a .30-caliber rifle, which was loaded; about 40 rounds of ammunition; and a 6-inch knife in his car parked within sight of the White House on Wednesday.
His charge is a felony punishable by up to five years in prison and a fine of up to $5,000. He remains in jail and will be in court Monday.
Kapheim approached a Secret Service checkpoint at about 1 p.m. Wednesday and informed agents that the president had called him and told him to drive to the White House, according to his charging documents.