White House locked down

SP's MAI - - INTERNAL SECURITY BREACHES -

Aman jumped the perime­ter fence of the White House on Septem­ber 11, jan­gling nerves on the 13th an­niver­sary of the Septem­ber 11 at­tacks. He was quickly ap­pre­hended by two armed Se­cret Ser­vice of­fi­cers who had scram­bled to in­ter­cept him. Se­cret Ser­vice spokesman said the man, who was not named, was taken into cus­tody.

The White House com­plex, as is stan­dard pro­ce­dure in such in­ci­dents – which are common – was locked down and peo­ple were pre­vented from en­ter­ing and leav­ing the grounds.

Pres­i­dent Barack Obama was not at home at the time be­cause he was tak­ing part in an event else­where in Wash­ing­ton to mark the an­niver­sary of the 2001 at­tacks.

The man was seen hold­ing a stuffed Poke­mon ‘Pikachu’ doll and wear­ing cloth­ing re­lated to the an­i­mated show. One wit­ness said that the man re­fused to heed agent’s com­mands to “get down.” The agents had their guns drawn and even­tu­ally the man sat down with his knees to his chest. He was then ar­rested.

The US Se­cret Ser­vice ap­pre­hended a dif­fer­ent tres­passer at the White House in Au­gust—a tod­dler who squeezed through a fence and ended up on the lawn.

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