Oscar Ramiro Ortega-Hernández of Idaho is accused of using an assault rifle to fire at the White House on the evening of Nov. 11, when Obama and his wife, Michelle, were out of town. One bullet smashed into a window of the living quarters of the executive mansion but was stopped by ballistic glass.
Multiple shots of gunfire were heard near the White House and police said witnesses saw a car speed away. The car and weapon were found within minutes and police found evidence in the vehicle connecting it to Ortega. An arrest warrant was issued for him and police spent days searching for him.
But the hunt for Ortega intensified when the Secret Service discovered a smashed window at the White House that was stopped by anti-ballistic glass.
Ortega was captured Wednesday at a hotel in Pennsylvania, but the mystery around his motives continues.
Acquaintances have said he acted strangely in recent months, suggesting he believed he was Jesus and calling Obama "the devil."
"You see Oprah, there is still so much more that God needs me to express to the world. It's not just a coincidence that I look like Jesus. I am the modern day Jesus Christ that you all have been waiting for," he said
Preliminary psychiatric screening found him competent to stand trial. But federal prosecutors are asking for more extensive tests.
Contains reporting by the Associated Press.