Saturday, May 23, 2015Saturday, May 23, 2015

Second gun arrest in week at US congressional building

Published on Jul 24, 2014 2:04 AM

WASHINGTON (AFP) - An American man was arrested on Wednesday as he attempted to bring a gun into a congressional office building in Washington, police said, in the second such incident in five days.

"A firearm was recovered as a result of an administrative search at the entrance to the rotunda of the Cannon Building at approximately 0920 hours," said US Capitol Police spokeswoman Lieutenant Kimberly Schneider.

Ronald Prestage, 59, was arrested with a 9mm Ruger handgun and charged for carrying a pistol without a license.

Prestage is not a congressional staffer, unlike in Friday's incident when Ryan Shucard, press secretary to Republican Congressman Tom Marino of Pennsylvania, was arrested bringing a handgun and magazine into the same Cannon House Office Building.

Enjoy 2 weeks of unlimited digital access to The Straits Times. Get your free access now!