WASHINGTON — The U.S. Secret Service apprehended a man after he jumped over a White House fence as the first family was inside celebrating Thanksgiving.
The man, whose identity has not been released, breached a barricade before jumping over a fence on the North Lawn that was recently outfitted with 7-inch steel spikes to deter such acts.
The jumper was almost immediately detained by Secret Service officers who had their guns drawn and were accompanied by K-9 units, according to two CNN photojournalists who witnessed the incident.
They said he was carrying an envelope, had on a blue shirt and white pants and was cloaked in an American flag.
The White House issued an official “all clear” about two hours after the episode began.
The stunt was hardly original.
The man was at least the third person in 2015 to scale a fence and make it on to White House property.
While most are quickly captured, a 42-year-old Iraq war veteran in September 2014 ran through the main floor past a stairway that leads up to the first family’s residence before he was subdued by Secret Service in the East Room.