DAYTON, Ohio (WDTN) - The Kettering man who is in federal custody after U.S. Secret Service officials say his jeep rammed into the outer perimeter of the White House Sunday had several weapons in his possession and in his home, according to court documents filed Thursday.
In a written argument seeking to hold Joseph "Joe" Clifford Reel in custody until his trial, the US Attorney's Office details that he rigged his Jeep Patriot with a wooden block so it would accelerate toward the White House without him behind the wheel.
Moments after the impact, which triggered the Jeep's air bag, officers noticed a man on a bike. According to court documents, this man was later identified as Joe Reel. Officers ordered him out of the area.
An officer watched as Reel rode up to a fence and jumped over. An officer caught up with him and ordered him to stop. It was then, the documents say, that Reel admitted he was going to spray paint the "Don't Tread on Me" snake on the White House.
When he was captured, officers discovered a can of spray paint, a knife and a handcuff key in his possession.
Secret Service agents and Kettering Police searched Reel's home on Sunday where they uncovered additional weapons, body armor and a gas mask.
A judge will consider the government's request to hold Reel until trial. The hearing on that matter is set to resume Friday.
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