DES MOINES, Iowa – A man with a large knife was arrested Wednesday outside presidential hopeful Barack Obama’s hotel in southeast Iowa, police said.
Davit Zakaryan, 24, was searched and apprehended after Obama’s security crew allegedly saw him loitering outside a Fairfield Inn in Ottumwa before the Illinois senator was about to leave for a busy day of campaigning.
Zakaryan was arrested after 8:30 a.m. and charged with possessing an illegal weapon and driving without a license. Police said the knife was longer than 8 inches, which exceeds the state limit. Zakaryan was being held Wednesday night at the Wapello County Jail on a $6,825 bond. He was to be arraigned Thursday morning.