A Virginia man jumped a security barrier at the White House Sunday morning and told the U.S. Secret Service to shoot him.
Timothy Huynh approached the bike rack barrier near Sherman Park outside of the White House about 7 a.m., a U.S. Secret Service affidavit said. A Secret Service officer told him to get back on the sidewalk. Huynh initially complied but then jumped the bike rack.
Another Secret Service officer told Huynh to stop, but Huynh ignored him. That officer raised his weapon, and Huynh pointed at his chest and shouted, “Shoot me, shoot me, shoot me,” according to the affidavit.
While in custody, Huynh said he wished to speak with the president. A French translator was requested due to a language barrier, the affidavit said. The translator said Huynh made nonsensical statements about gardens, soccer fields and owning horses.
Secret Service agents said Huynh had blood shot, extremely red eyes and excessively blinked.
When the translator read Huynh his Miranda rights, Huynh requested his Miranda rights be read in English, the affidavit said. While Huynh’s rights were read in English, Huynh requested in French for his right to a French speaking lawyer.
He was arrested for unlawful entry, the Secret Service said.
Hunyh tried to enter the White House unlawfully in 2010 and was banned from the White House for six months. The Secret Service reported he appeared at the White House in October 2016, claiming he was having a dinner party with the president, the affidavit said.
Hunyh has a criminal history of false statements to obtain property or credit, unlawful change of name, false report of crime, and a disorderly conduct conviction, the Secret Service said.
Huynh is being held at the Metropolitan Police Department Second District station for processing until further proceedings.