Man Jumps Fence to Enter White House Uninvited
A man jumped a fence at the White House late Friday and made it through the North Portico doors into the building before he was captured, Secret Service spokesman Brian Leary said.
This has forced the US Secret Service to step up security outside the White House premises.
The suspect, 42-year-old Omar Gonzalez of Copperas Cove, Texas, was apprehended just after making it inside the doors. He was taken to George Washington Medical Center for a medical evaluation, Leary said.
Gonzalez was known to Secret Service, said an official, who spoke on condition of anonymity. The official would not say how or why. He had not been arrested by the Secret Service before.
“He appeared to responding officers to be unarmed, and that turned out to be true. He ignored officers’ calls for him to stop and ran towards the White House,” Leary said.
It’s unclear how Gonzalez made his way onto the grounds.
Secret Service Director Julia Pierson ordered enhanced officer patrols and surveillance along the North Fence of the compound just after the incident on Friday evening, which triggered a rare evacuation of the White House as well as renewed scrutiny of the Secret Service. The agency said Pierson had also ordered a comprehensive review of what happened.
The first family were not at the White House at the time. President Obama had left just four minutes earlier with his daughters via helicopter from the South Lawn to visit Camp David.
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