Fence jumper at White House detained by Secret Service


According to the Secret Service, a person tried to vault a barricade near the White House on Wednesday. The agency reports that the person was apprehended before they made it past bike racks near a park that sits adjacent to the Eisenhower Executive Office building.

In a  Twitter post, the agency announced: “@SecretService detains individual who attempted to jump over bike rack barricade near @WhiteHouse

“The individual was charged with unlawful entry and transported to the Metropolitan Police Department,” the Secret Service said in a statement.

Following the incident at around 4:30 p.m., Pennsylvania Ave. was closed to pedestrian traffic. On the north lawn, agents could be seen carrying long guns.

An hour later, the agency announced on Twitter: “Security condition returns to normal. Pedestrian traffic resumes.”

Fence-jumping incidents at the White House have escalated in recent years, starting before President Trump took office. Since Trump’s inauguration, they have continued. A man spent 15 minutes on White House grounds after he scaled the fence in March. Two weeks ago, the White House was on lock down after another person tried to jump a barrier.

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