Incident at White House gates Saturday night, Secret Service “beefing up” after several possible security “lapses”


The entrance to the White House

The entrance to the White House CREDIT: AP


One person was in custody after a suspicious vehicle drove up to a White House checkpoint on Saturday night, the Secret Service said, after CNN reported that the driver claimed to have a bomb.

CNN, citing two law enforcement sources, said there was no confirmation of any device in the vehicle but that security at the White House had been upgraded.

The Secret Service said an unidentified driver was taken into custody after a suspicious vehicle approached a checkpoint, but made no mention of any claims of an explosive device.

Several streets around the White House were closed.

Other authorities could not be reached immediately to confirm more details.

It was the second scare at the White House on Saturday after a person earlier jumped over a bike rack in a buffer zone in front of the White House.

Person in custody after incident at White House gates – Secret Service

Individual jumped bike rack on Pennsylvania Ave, not @WhiteHouse fence. Great response by @SecretService

US President Donald Trump was in Florida at the time of both incidents.

In the first incident, the unidentified person was not able to make it over the fence into the grounds, White House spokesman Sean Spicer said on Twitter.

Two Secret Service agents reportedly tackled the individual in that incident, which occurred at the start of a buffer zone between the main White House fence and the sidewalks.

The Secret Service had been criticised after it said a man who scaled the White House fence last week was on the property’s grounds for 16 minutes before being detained.


Fox News

One person was detained after a suspicious vehicle drove up to a White House checkpoint on Saturday evening, according to a United States Secret Service spokesperson.

A law enforcement official told Fox News that the individual claimed to have an explosive device in the vehicle.

“An individual drove a vehicle up to a Secret Service checkpoint located at 15th Street and E Street NW,” a statement from the spokesperson said. “Upon contact with the individual, U.S. Secret Service Uniform Division Officers detained the individual and declared his vehicle suspicious.”

The incident occurred around 11 p.m. and has prompted the Secret Service to increase “their posture of readiness,” the spokesperson said.

An official told Fox News that one individual was taken into custody; indicating only one person may have been inside the vehicle during the incident.

The driver of the vehicle is currently in custody and being interviewed by officials.

The official could not say what the motive was or if the individual was intoxicated at the time of the incident.

No other details have been released.

Another individual was apprehended earlier on Saturday after jumping a barrier in front of the White House, resulting in a full lockdown of the complex.

The suspect had allegedly jumped a security fence and was on the property for over 16 minutes.

Committee Chairman Jason Chaffetz, R-Utah, is set to meet with acting Secret Service Director William Callahan and Homeland Security Secretary John Kelly about White House security issues on Monday.

Fox News’ Alyssa Madruga, Matt Dean and Joseph Weber contributed to this report.


Man arrested outside White House after jumping bike rack

Updated 5:00 PM ET, Sat March 18, 2017

(CNN)A man jumped over a bicycle rack in front of the White House on Saturday, briefly putting the complex into an escalated security posture, two law enforcement officials told CNN.

The man, who never made it to the White House fence, was carrying a document he wanted to deliver to the White House and did not have a weapon, a law enforcement source said.
He was arrested within two minutes after making it over the bike rack, a law enforcement source said. The man is being questioned, and the vehicle authorities believe he was driving is being searched, law enforcement sources said.
The man jumped over the bike rack on Pennsylvania Avenue at a little before 1 p.m. “in an apparent attempt to get to the White House fence” and was arrested by Secret Service officers, the agency said in a statement. Criminal charges are pending, it said.
President Donald Trump was not at the residence, having traveled to his Mar-a-Lago resort in Palm Beach, Florida, for the weekend.
White House Press Secretary Sean Spicer praised the Secret Service Saturday for their handling of the situation.
“Individual jumped bike rack on Pennsylvania Ave, not @WhiteHouse fence. Great response by @SecretService,” he tweeted.
The arrest Saturday comes on the heels of an incident March 10 in which an intruder carrying a backpack with mace and a letter for the President jumped the White House fence and was able to stay on the grounds for more than 15 minutes. Trump was inside the residence at the time.
The 26-year-old California man, who a family member said is mentally ill, jumped multiple fences at the complex and set off several alarms before he was discovered just steps from a main door to the mansion.
House Oversight Chairman Jason Chaffetz told CNN’s Wolf Blitzer on Friday that the intruder even managed to rattle a door handle at the South Portico entrance, although he did not make it inside.
“That’s why we spend billions of dollars on personnel and dogs and technologies and fences and undercover people and video surveillance,” the Utah Republican said. “And yet the person is able to get up close to the White House and spend 17 minutes before he’s apprehended. That’s unbelievable.”
Chaffetz has notified the Secret Service that his committee is investigating the March 11 incident.
A law enforcement source said the security process on Saturday worked the way it was supposed to, with the man who jumped the bike rack being apprehended quickly.
The security posture at the White House has returned to normal, the sources said.

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One Response to “Incident at White House gates Saturday night, Secret Service “beefing up” after several possible security “lapses””

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