Man who stripped clothes in front of White House identified as from Quebec

Secret Service police detained an unknown man in front of a White House checkpoint on Friday. (Reuters)

The man who stripped naked in front of the White House on Friday was identified Saturday as a 56-year-old man from Quebec, according to authorities.

Michel Bechard, 56, was charged with indecent exposure and two counts of assaulting a police officer, according to the U.S. Secret Service and D.C. police. He was being held pending his first appearance in D.C. Superior Court.

A motive has yet been disclosed, but authorities said the man approached a White House gate on Pennsylvania Avenue about 3 p.m. and asked for a meeting with the president. When he was denied entry, police said he took off all his clothes. Photos show him standing naked at a Secret Service guard shack before being arrested.

The Secret Service said two of its uniformed officers were injured during the scuffle and that the suspect also was hurt and taken to a hospital for treatment. One officer suffered a 4-inch-long abrasion to his arm, a police report says.

Police said the man had a Quebec identification card with him. He has no criminal record or outstanding arrest warrants in the U.S., the report says.

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