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Man Charged With Jumping White House Fence: "They Reacted Real Fast”

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    The man accused of jumping the White House fence Sunday night tells News4 he took a bus from California to D.C. just for the event. Jerome Hunt spoke to Mark Segraves outside of D.C. Superior Court following his arraignment Monday. (Published Monday, April 20, 2015)

    A California man facing charges for climbing over the White House fence Sunday night said he didn't intend to get inside the residence or hurt anyone. 

    Jerome R. Hunt, 54, used a bike rack to climb over the fence on the south side of the White House complex at 10:25 p.m., the Secret Service said. As he left a courthouse after pleading not guilty on Monday, Hunt  said he had a good reason for his actions but would not specify what it was.

    “They have a good protective system for the president," he recalled. "They reacted real fast.”

    Hunt, who lives in Hayward, California, said he took a Greyhound bus from California to D.C. While Sunday was his birthday, he said that had nothing to do with the incident. 

    Person Arrested After Jumping White House Fence

    [DC]  Person Arrested After Jumping White House Fence
    A California man was arrested late Sunday night for climbing over the White House fence, Secret Service officials said, as federal agencies mull new security measures there months after a man with a knife jumped the fence and ran inside. (Published Monday, April 20, 2015)

     “I don’t celebrate birthdays like that,” he said. 

    Hunt pleaded not guilty Monday and was released on his own recognizance. He must wear an ankle monitor and stay away from the White House grounds. His arrest comes as federal agencies mull new security measures there months after a man with a knife jumped the fence and ran inside.

    He's due back in court in May.

    The Secret Service has been beset by a series of security lapses, including an incident last Sept. 19 in which authorities said a man with a knife jumped a fence and ran inside the executive mansion, looking for the president.

    Person Arrested for Attempting to Scale White House Fence

    [DC] Person Arrested for Attempting to Scale White House Fence
    Another person has been arrested for climbing over the White House fence, Secret Service officials announced Sunday night. (Published Monday, April 20, 2015)

    That was the sixth time someone had jumped the fence since the start of 2014 and the 16th in the past five years, according to the Secret Service.

    Changes to the White House security fence are in the works. In the coming weeks, steel spikes will be bolted atop the fence.

    New Spikes Coming to White House Fence

    [DC] New Spikes Coming to White House Fence
    Steel spikes will be placed atop the White House security fence to help increase security. News4's Megan McGrath has more on the change. (Published Friday, April 17, 2015)

    News4’s Scott MacFarlane said the spikes on top of the fence will remain in place for at least a year, until a new permanent replacement fence is completed.

     

    News 4 has also learned the National Park Service is considering raising the fence to 10 feet high or adding a second fence, placing one inside the current one. A permanent replacement fence is expected to be completed by the end of 2016 and would also likely include iron spikes.