The White House was placed in a condition “orange” emergency status by Secret Service Friday night, just before midnight.
One of the highest level security alerts was issued after a man carrying a backpack was discovered by the south entrance of the residence having first bypassed security, officials said. The backpack was searched and found to contain nothing hazardous.
President Trump was occupying the home at the time of the incident.
A Secret Service source said the trespasser may have entered on the east side of the White House grounds before advancing closer to the building’s South Portico entrance.
The suspect was captured by the Secret Service and arrested.
An administration official reported that the president was spending the end of the week in Washington and was apprised of the late night episode.
There have been various occurrences of individuals intruding on the White House grounds in recent years.
In one notable instance in 2014, 42-year-old Omar Gonzales of Copperas Cove, Texas, advanced to the North Portico entryway with a three-and-a-half-inch collapsing blade in his jeans. Gonzalez was apprehended soon after making it inside the entryway.
In 2015, Joseph Caputo, of Stamford, Connecticut, was apprehended on the North Lawn after he scaled the fence of the White House grounds wearing an American banner as a cape while the first family was observing Thanksgiving inside.
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