A 26-year-old California man who allegedly jumped a perimeter fence at the White House was arrested late Friday after a uniformed Secret Service officer saw him walking across the grounds in a restricted area, according to a police report.
The suspect, identified by Washington, D.C., police as Jonathan Tran, 26, of Milpitas, Calif., was charged with unlawful entry..
The president said the Secret Service did a “fantastic job” in nabbing the intruder.
President Trump was at the White House during the incident, and he along with his family were rushed to safety until authorities cleared the area.
The Secret Service said the incident occurred at about 11:38 p.m. when the man, who was carrying a backpack, scaled an outer perimeter fence by the Treasury Building and East Executive Avenue.
The report stated that the man began to walk away as the officer walked toward him. When asked if he was holding an authorized pass, the suspect replied: “No, I am a friend of the president. I have an appointment.”
Asked how he got there, the suspect, according to the report, told the officer, “I jumped the fence.”
The report said security footage showed the suspect jumping the northwest courtyard fence of the Treasury building in a restricted area.
H/T: USA Today