White House Lawn Locked Down Over Fence Jumper

27 Nov 2015 | Author: | No comments yet »

‘Let’s do this:’ White House fence jumper was on a mission.

The White House was locked down Thursday afternoon after a man identified as Joseph Caputo scaled the fence on the north side of the complex and stood on the North Lawn, the Secret Service said.

“I just heard him take a big, deep breath and whisper to himself, ‘Alright, let’s do this,’ and he took off,” said Houston resident Victoria Pena. “It was chaotic. Caputo, whose address and age weren’t released, climbed the fence shortly before 3 p.m., dressed in white pants, a blue shirt and draped in a U.S. flag. Everyone around us was “Today has as much to do with turkeys and pilgrims as Easter does with eggs and rabbits,” Caputo wrote. “So today, don’t think of what your planet can do for you, think about what you can do for your planet.” In May, a second layer of steel spikes was added to the top of the fence.

Criminal charges are pending at this time.” Secret Service officers had their guns drawn and were accompanied by K-9 units, according to two photojournalists who saw the incident, which triggered a lockdown at the presidential mansion. The United States, and major US cities in particular, are on heightened alert after the Paris terror attacks, but Obama stressed on Wednesday that there was no specific threat to the US. Thursday’s incident comes at a time of heightened security concerns in the U.S. and overseas in the aftermath of the terrorist attacks that rocked Paris earlier this month and left 130 people dead. Other long-term security enhancements were under consideration in response to a September 2014 security breach in which a Texas man managed to scale the fence, enter the executive mansion and run deep into the building.

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