Fence Jumper Entered White House

A man who jumped the White House fence on Friday evening prompting an evacuation was able to enter the North Portico doors of the White House, the Secret Service said.

He was apprehended just inside the doorways, and has been identified by the U.S. Secret Service as Omar J. Gonzalez. A law enforcement official said that the man's breach of the premises was unacceptable and that the incident was under investigation, according to NBC News White House correspondent Kristen Welker.

ABC posted video of the intruder on the White House lawn.

More from the Associated Press:

WASHINGTON (AP) — WASHINGTON (AP) — A man jumped over the fence of the White House on Friday and made it into the presidential residence before officers managed to apprehend him, the U.S. Secret Service said. President Barack Obama and his family were not at home at the time.

Omar J. Gonzalez, 42, of Copperas Cove, Texas, was taken into custody just inside the North Portico doors, Secret Service spokesman Ed Donovan said. He was placed under arrest and was transported to a Washington hospital after complaining of chest pain.

Donovan said the suspect appeared to be unarmed to officers who spotted him jumping the fence, and a search of the suspect turned up no weapons.

The incident prompted a rare evacuation of much of the campus. White House staffers and Associated Press journalists inside the West Wing were evacuated by Secret Service officers, some with their weapons drawn.



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