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    White House Suspect Fought MMA

    This image provided by the U.S. Park Police shows an undated image of Oscar Ortega. U.S. Park Police have an arrest warrant out for Ortega, who is believed to be connected to a bullet hitting an exterior window of the White House Friday and was stopped by ballistic glass. An additional round of ammunition was also found on the exterior of the White House. The bullets were found Tuesday Nov. 15, 2011. (AP Photo/U.S. Park Police)

    U.S. Park Police / AP Photo

    In July, four months before he allegedly fired an assault rifle at the White House, Oscar Ramiro Ortega-Hernandez made his debut as a mixed-martial-arts fighter in Idaho—and pummeled his opponent in an easy victory. A Monday New York Times profile offers a revealing glimpse into Ortega-Hernandez’s mind. The fight was a rare victory in an otherwise troubled life. Before his arrest, he had been acting increasingly strange, including a 45-minute speech on politics at his birthday party, and a video he made in September begging Oprah to book him because, he said, “I am the modern-day Jesus Christ.” One doctor tells the Times that Ortega-Hernandez appears to be “a textbook case” of schizophrenia.

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