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Dominic Adesanya, 23, in Custody After Jumping White House Fence at North Lawn



    A man accused of jumping the fence at the White House was already known to police for two incidents in July. News4's Mark Segraves reports. (Published Thursday, Oct. 23, 2014)

    A Maryland man in custody after jumping the White House fence Wednesday was wanted on a bench warrant for similar incidents over the summer.

    Officials said about 7:15 p.m., 23-year-old Dominic Adesanya climbed the fence on the North Lawn and got about 20 yards past it when he was taken down by Secret Service officers and K-9 dogs.

    The officers are heard yelling, "Stop moving!" in a grainy surveillance video. Adesanya is then heard screaming, "I'm not!"

    Adesanya, of Bel Air, Maryland, was hospitalized after suffering dog bites to his arms, back, chest and knee, a Secret Service official told NBC News. He was released from the hospital and placed in custody.

    2 Secret Service Dogs Injured in White House Fence Jumping Incident

    [DC] 2 Secret Service Dogs Injured in White House Fence Jumping Incident
    News4's Shomari Stone has the latest details in Wednesday night's fence-jumping incident at the White House. (Published Wednesday, Oct. 22, 2014)

    The White House was locked down until just before 9 p.m. Officials say Adesanya was not armed. He was charged with harming an animal used in law enforcement, one felonious count of making threats and four counts of resisting/unlawful entry, which is a misdemeanor.

    About 10 p.m. July 27, Adesanya allegedly jumped a security barrier at the White House and was arrested by D.C. police and charged with one count of unlawful entry. According to a court document, he told an officer that a security barrier he jumped over “was easy and that the next fence to the south grounds of the White House would not be a problem as well.” He also claimed a banking family that he said owned the Federal Reserve Bank was targeting him, and he said he wanted cameras that had been placed in his home removed.

    On July 29, a judge ordered he undergo outpatient forensic screening and released him.

    About 10:30 a.m. the next morning, a police officer reportedly observed Adesanya yelling profanities and “I want my check” to a guard at the Treasury Department. During a fight in which he allegedly struck three police officers and a Secret Service agent, Adesanya suffered a broken tooth. He was charged with four counts of assaulting a police officer, one count of failure to obey police and one count of unlawful entry. Court records show he was then ordered to wear an electronic monitoring device and abide by a curfew.

    A judge set a Sept. 9 court date for Adesanya, but he failed to appear and a bench warrant was issued. He was wearing an ankle monitor when he jumped the White House fence Wednesday night.

    Adesanya appeared in federal court Thursday afternoon in blue hospital scrubs with two bandages on his left arm. Several times he attempted to talk to the judge and U.S. marshals tried to calm him down.

    The judge ordered Adesanya remain in custody pending a hearing Monday and also ordered a psychological evaluation requested by the defense. His D.C. Superior Court hearing on the bench warrant was postponed from Friday until Monday afternoon.

    Secret Service officials say two Secret Service K-9s, named Hurricane and Jordan, were taken to a veterinarian for minor bruising sustained after being kicked during Wednesday’s incident. Both K-9s have been cleared to return to duty.

    President Obama was at the White House at the time, law enforcement sources told News4.

    Just last month, 42-year-old Omar Gonzalez also jumped the fence, entered the White House and got to the East Room before he was arrested. The security breach prompted scrutiny of the Secret Service, which led to the resignation of director Julia Pierson Oct 1. 

    Congresswoman Eleanor Holmes Norton (D-D.C.) said the Secret Service K-9s made all the difference Wednesday.

    "As the adage goes, 'Who let the dogs out?'" Norton said. "This time, the Secret Service let the dogs out. Had the dogs been out, Gonzalez would never have gotten into the White House."

    She said the dogs should be kept near the fence, not at an off-site location.

    Thursday Norton called for a taller wrought-iron fence curved forward to prevent fence-jumpers. She said such a fence is possible without compromising historic authenticity.

    "The potential effectiveness of such measures is clear, unlike the overreach of keeping the public farther away from the White House," she said in a statement.

    This is a developing story. Stay with us for more.