The Maryland man accused of scaling the White House fence last week was ordered to undergo further psychological evaluation and treatment Monday, before screaming for help and claiming he was a target of a conspiracy.
Dominic Adesanya, 23, was removed from a U.S. District Court hearing at which it was announced that a psychologist had found him incompetent to stand trial. D.C. Magistrate Judge John M. Facciola ordered him to a federal mental health facility.
Adesanya has been charged with one count of knowingly entering or remaining in a restricted building or grounds and one count of injuring animals used by law enforcement after he allegedly scaled the fence of the White House last Wednesday and punched and kicked two guard dogs. He was ordered to be evaluated by the court last week, and a D.C. Department of Behavioral Health psychologist determined that Adesanya was incompetent to stand trial after he was evaluated on Friday.
The psychologist, Teresa Grant, said in her evaluation that she had “grave concerns” regarding Adesanya’s ability to “adhere with court ordered release conditions . . . given the nature and gravity of the defendant’s delusions coupled with his poor insight and judgment.”
During the interview, Adesanya, who lived in Bel Air, Md. with his parents, spoke for about 10 minutes about how the National Security Agency and President Obama had placed cameras and electronic devices in various rooms in his home and in light bulbs and cellphones as a means of spying on him, according to court records.
Adesanya said he believed the government was spying on him because of his sexual orientation, race and religious affiliation, the records said. The psychologist described Adesanya’s insight and judgment as “poor.”
“Mental health factors substantially compromise his ability to have a factual and rational understanding of his criminal proceedings and the ability to assist counsel in the preparation of his defense,” Grant wrote.
In July, Adesanya allegedly hopped over a barrier at the White House and three days later was detained for allegedly trying to break into the Treasury Department. After both incidents, he was evaluated in an initial examination and found to be incompetent to stand trial.
During Monday’s brief hearing, Adesanya, who was not restrained, had to be carried out of the courtroom by a marshal. Adesanya, who has consistently asked to represent himself in court, appeared agitated as he looked at his public defender. He turned to the judge and said: “I didn’t hire him, I don’t know him.”
“I’m competent,” he added.
As Facciola adjourned the hearing, Adesanya refused to leave. As he was forcibly removed by marshals, he shouted: “I’m a target . . . Someone please help me! This is a conspiracy!”
“That wasn’t even a trial!” he said. “It’s a scheme.”
Monday’s outburst caused Adesanya to miss a second hearing scheduled in D.C. Superior Court in the afternoon. Adesanya was to be in Superior Court for failing to appear in court in September in connection with his July arrest. That hearing has been rescheduled for Tuesday.
In last week’s incident, Adesanya allegedly was seen jumping over the White House’s north fence and sprinting toward the north doors of the executive mansion. It was the latest in a string of security issues at the White House that have unsettled the administration. On Sept. 19, a man scaled the fence and ran far into the executive mansion through an unlocked front door. Omar J. Gonzalez, 42, an Army veteran who has said he suffers from post-traumatic stress disorder, has pleaded not guilty to charges against him.
Adesanya is scheduled to be in court again for last week’s incident on Dec. 22.