Intruder Breaches White House Grounds, Arrested Near Residence Entrance

A senior official says the incident happened just before midnight. President Trump was in the White House at the time and was unharmed.

WASHINGTON D.C. — A man carrying a backpack was arrested Friday night after breaching security at the White House complex and was discovered by a Secret Service officer by the south entrance to the executive residence, officials said.

The incident happened just before midnight while President Donald Trump was at the White House.

A Secret Service source said the intruder might have entered the White House grounds on the east side before making his way near the residence’s south portico entrance.

Officials say a Secret Service officer found the intruder by the south entrance to the executive residence.

The White House was placed under security condition “orange,” one of the highest levels of security for the Secret Service.

The suspect was arrested by the Secret Service and taken into custody.

The President was spending the weekend in Washington and was alerted to the incident late Friday night, an administration official said.

There have been numerous instances of people trespassing on the White House grounds over the last several years.

In one notable instance in 2014, 42-year-old Omar Gonzales, of Copperas Cove, Texas, made it through the north portico doors with a three-and-a-half-inch folding knife in his pants pocket, according to the Secret Service. Gonzalez was apprehended just after making it inside the doors, the Secret Service said. The first family was not at the White House at the time.

In another, the Secret Service apprehended Joseph Caputo, of Stamford, Connecticut, on the North Lawn after he scaled the fence wearing an American flag-like cape while the first family was inside the residence celebrating Thanksgiving.

11 comments

    • WarningFakeNews

      It seems like a mentally unstable person who was actually a Trump supporter, be on the lookout for press comparisons to most other Trump supporters being unstable as well.

  • magicmikexxsm

    Really how does this happen at the most Most Heavily Guarded places on earth….people need to be fired for this, I don’t care who is or was president, nobody should be able to get over the fence period….what where they sleeping on the roof???

  • WarningFakeNews

    How odd and unusual. Not the story, but that CNN didn’t insult President Trump or his supporters in at least a back-handed way in a story which mentions him!

    • Tired Old and Broke

      Probably because it was one of Obama`s organization members trying to set up wire tap systems around the White House. When it comes to politics, nothing surprises me anymore.

    • Bob

      CNN is always against the republicans , they should be taken off the air. Things can’t any worst then our last president but much better with Trump

      • Jack

        By your logic then, Fox news must go as well. But we know that wont happen because it doesn’t fit your motive..

      • WarningFakeNews

        Fox new- the actual news division, is staffed by liberal democrats. What Fox New Radio reporter Jon Decker did in the White House press room is an example of how they are no different than CNN, NBC, CBS or what have you.

        All of these liberal sources should remain ON the air so we can continue tuning them out and laughing at how ridiculous they are.

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