White House On Lockdown After Man Jumps Fence

27 Nov 2015 | Author: | No comments yet »

He said, ‘All right, let’s do this.’ Then he jumped the White House fence..

WASHINGTON (AP) — A man draped in an American flag climbed over the fence at the White House on Thursday, prompting a lockdown as the first family celebrated Thanksgiving. Joseph Caputo faces criminal charges after he scaled over the north fence line of the grounds and was immediately apprehended about 2:45 p.m., said Robert Hoback, a spokesman for the Secret Service. While most fence-jumpers are quickly captured, in September 2014 an Iraq War veteran ran across the lawn, through the main door and past a stairway that leads up to the first family’s residence before he was subdued by Secret Service agents in the East Room.

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. Gonzalez, who was convicted in connection with the incident, jumped the fence and bolted past several layers of security before a Secret Service agent detained him, prompting a review of the agency’s practices and the resignation of Director Julia Pierson.

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