Man Detained After Reportedly Jumping Bike Rack Near White House Fence

Suspected White House fence jumper Jonathan Tran of Milpitas answers questions from KPIX 5

An individual jumped a bike rack at the White House and was taken into custody before they could make it over the fence protecting the property from unauthorized individuals, CNN reported Saturday.

"The individual was immediately apprehended by United States Secret Service Uniformed Division Officers before reaching the White House fence", the statement said, adding that criminal charges are pending. Trump was at the White House at the time and the man claimed to have an appointment to meet with the president. Then, Tran moved around to the south side of the white house, through the first lady's garden. "And believe me the terrorists are already thinking about that", Bongino said.

The US Secret Service put out a statement confirming the scale of the security breach which happened while Donald Trump was in residence, after an unnamed source leaked information to CNN.

A source familiar with the allegations told ABC News Tran may have been on White House grounds for approximately 15 minutes. Tran said he was a "friend of the President" and in the backpack he was carrying agents found a book by President Trump, two cans of mace, and a letter offering his assistance to the President that talked about Russian hackers.


According to reports, Tran from Milpitas, California, had managed to climb a 5ft (1.5m) fence near the US Treasury Department before jumping an 8ft vehicle gate, and a shorter fence near the east wing of the White House grounds.

"I don't know what in the world they're doing, but it's a total and complete embarrassment". The member notes it was a cold evening. and after coming face-to-face with Secret Service he showed up again and no one noticed.

In that case, the fence-jumper actually made it inside the building. Charges are now pending against him, according to the Secret Service.

Press secretary Sean Spicer applauded the Secret Service's response to Saturday's intrusion. And yet the person is able to get up close to the White House and spend 17 minutes before he's apprehended.

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