White House fence jumper sent for psychiatric examination

28 Nov 2015 | Author: | No comments yet »

Court documents: White House fence jumper left suicide note; psychiatric evaluation ordered.

WASHINGTON (AP) — A man accused of jumping the White House fence while draped in an American flag left a suicide note with friends and a will with his mother, telling her she may never see him again, court documents show. Joseph Caputo, 22, of Stamford, Connecticut, was ordered to undergo a psychiatric evaluation on Friday, a day after authorities said he scaled the fence while President Barack Obama was celebrating Thanksgiving with his family, prompting a lockdown. Officials were surprised how Caputo so easily got over what is described as new “pencil-point” spikes added to the fence earlier this year as a way to stop intruders.

Caputo, who lives in Stamford, Conn., is charged with making an illegal entry to restricted grounds, which carries a maximum penalty of one year in prison. According to court documents, Caputo had been staying with two friends in Virginia this week, and the friends provided the Secret Service with a note in which Caputo stated his intention to die Thursday. Caputo wore the American flag like a cape when he went over the fence, the documents show, and he was carrying a USB flash drive in the shape of a “Captain America” shield.

Marshal pulled folded yellow papers from Caputo’s back left pocket and handed them to a man and a woman seated in the courtroom, who appeared to be Caputo’s family members.

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