White House Gate Jumper Arrested

Wednesday, Sep 21, 2011  |  Updated 4:44 PM EDT
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See the raw video of a Tuesday evening arrest at the White House.

See the raw video of a Tuesday evening arrest at the White House.

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A man was arrested at the White House after getting past security Tuesday evening.

He reportedly jumped the fence near the western entrance gate and began running toward the White House but was arrested by uniformed Secret Service officers before reaching the walls of the White House.

No one was injured, said Max Milien, a spokesman for the Secret Service.

The man carried a backpack as he clambered over the fence, then ran with his arms outstretched directly toward officers who ordered him to the ground with their weapons drawn. The backpack was later deemed to be safe, Milien said.


The episode occurred about 6:35 p.m. as tourists and passers-by walked on Pennsylvania Avenue in front of the White House. Officers immediately evacuated the avenue and Lafayette Square across from the White House.

The man, who has not been identified and is being called John Doe, was charged with unlawful entry and ordered held in jail until a hearing Friday.

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