Intruder jumps White House fence


Published: Thursday 23rd October 2014 by The News Editor

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A 23-year-old man is in custody after climbing over the White House fence and attacking Secret Service guard dogs unleashed by agents.

The intruder was swiftly seized on the North Lawn by uniformed agents and their dogs.

The incident happened about a month after a previous White House fence jumper sprinted across the same lawn, past armed uniformed agents and entered the mansion before he was felled in the ceremonial East Room.

That embarrassing September 19 incident preceded the disclosure of other serious Secret Service breaches in security for President Barack Obama and ultimately led to Julia Pierson’s resignation as director of the agency after 18 months in the job.

Secret Service spokesman Brian Leary identified the man in the latest incident as Dominic Adesanya, from Maryland and said charges were pending.

He said Adesanya, who was unarmed when he was arrested, climbed the Pennsylvania Avenue fence at about 7.16pm local time and was caught by uniformed agents and K9 teams that constantly patrol the grounds.

Two dogs were taken to a vet to be treated for injuries sustained during the struggle.

Images of the incident recorded by TV news cameras shows a man in white shorts on the lawn just inside the fence. He lifts his shirt as if to show that he is unarmed and is then seen kicking and punching two Secret Service dogs set on him.

The man was taken to a local hospital, Mr Leary said.

After Ms Pierson resigned, an agent who once led Mr Obama’s protective detail came out of retirement to lead the Secret Service until the president names a new director, pending the completion of internal and independent reviews of agency practices.

This week a federal judge delayed the arraignment of Omar Gonzalez, the man charged in September’s fence-jumping incident, because of questions about his mental fitness to stand trial.

Gonzalez has been indicted on several charges, including carrying a knife into the White House and assaulting two Secret Service officers.

Published: Thursday 23rd October 2014 by The News Editor

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