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Secret Service arrests fence-jumper near White House

The White House. (Pxhere/Released)
September 05, 2018

On Sunday night, the Secret Service arrested an individual who climbed over a security barrier near the Treasury building and the White House.

The Secret Service said at approximately 8:10 p.m., an “individual climbed over a security barrier (bike rack) in the vicinity of 15th Street and Alexander Hamilton Place,” The Washington Post reported on Sunday.

The breach took place near the southeast corner of the Treasury building, just 200 yards away from the White House. The climber scaled a barrier that was about 8 feet long and 44 inches tall, resembling a bike rack.

Secret Service Uniformed Division Personnel took the individual into custody without incident. Police don’t know yet why the person climbed the barrier, ABC 7 reported.

Alexander Hamilton Place NW is about a block long, with the Treasury to the north and the statue of Civil War Gen. William Tecumseh Sherman to the south.

No further information has been released at this time.

This wasn’t the first fence-jumper to be arrested in the vicinity of the White House during President Trump’s Administration.

In June, Alexander Thomas Miner, 29, of Danville, Calif., jumped a concrete barrier in a restricted area of the White House.

Miner told police he was on a mission from God and wanted to attack President Trump and make him cry, NBC News reported. Miner walked toward the south fence of the White House with his hands in the air shouting, “Shoot me, shoot me,” charging documents stated.

Miner’s father said his son is a retired Marine who went “off the deep end” and might be paranoid schizophrenic. He described his son as heavily trained, tech-savvy and dangerous.

Miner was charged with a federal offense of entering and remaining on restricted grounds, and a D.C. offense of attempted burglary.

The U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia placed Miner in the custody of the Federal Bureau of Prisons for a 30-day mental competency examination prior to sentencing.

In March 2017, Jonathan Tuan-Anh Tran, 26, of Milpitas, Calif., climbed over the White House fence and succeeded in wandering the grounds for some 17 minutes before he was noticed. The incident took place while President Trump was inside the White House.

At the time of his arrest, Tran was carrying a backpack containing two cans of pepper spray, a book by Trump, a letter to the President and other items, the New York Times had reported.