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White House intruder on grounds 16 minutes before arrest: Secret Service

A man who scaled a White House fence earlier this month was on the grounds outside the executive residence for more than 16 minutes prior to his arrest

world Updated: Mar 18, 2017 08:55 IST
The trespasser breached the grounds while the president was in the Washington mansion just before midnight on March 10.
The trespasser breached the grounds while the president was in the Washington mansion just before midnight on March 10. (AP File Photo)

A man who scaled a White House fence earlier this month was on the grounds outside the executive residence for more than 16 minutes prior to his arrest, the US Secret Service said Friday.

The trespasser breached the grounds while the president was in the Washington mansion just before midnight on March 10.

The individual managed to climb over an outer perimeter fence, scale a vehicle gate and hop another fence near the southeast corner of the White House’s East Wing before he was captured after his 16 minute-plus jaunt, according to the Secret Service statement.

Uniformed officers took the intruder -- who CNN reported was identified in court records as Jonathan Tran, 26 -- “into custody on the grounds without incident.”

“The Secret Service can confirm that at no time did the individual gain entry into the White House,” the statement said.

Following the incident US President Donald Trump praised the Secret Service for a “fantastic job.”

According to the Washington Post, Tran, who is from northern California, was carrying a backpack and two cans of mace.

If convicted he faces a maximum of 10 years in prison, according to the paper.

The White House has seen a string of high-profile trespassing incidents in recent years.

In one notable 2014 incident, while Barack Obama was president, a disturbed Army veteran jumped the White House fence, sprinted across the lawn and entered the building with a knife in his pocket.