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Woman arrested outside White House after police say crossbow found in vehicle

By PETER HERMANN | The Washington Post | Published: November 5, 2019

A 49-year-old woman from California was arrested outside the White House on Monday night after authorities said she told a Secret Service officer she had a crossbow in her vehicle, according to a D.C. police report.

Stacy Pamela Banta of Sutter, California, was charged with carrying a dangerous weapon and possession of a destructive device. She could make her initial appearance in D.C. Superior Court later Tuesday.

The incident occurred about 8 p.m. at 15th and E streets NW, near the White House Visitor Center.

A police report says the woman approached a uniformed Secret Service officer and told the officer "she was in possession of crossbow bolts." A bolt is a term used for a crossbow arrow. She then told the officer "there was a crossbow in her vehicle," the report says.

The report says the officer found one crossbow, loaded with an arrow, along with other arrows inside the vehicle.

The suspect's father, Loren Banta, 72, said his daughter lives with him off and on but recently left and turned up unexpectedly in Florida. He said he lost track of her from there.

Banta said he has seen her with what he said looked like a toy bow and arrow, but he had no idea why she would go to the District or to the White House. "She likes Trump," he said. "This is totally unbelievable to me."

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