A person was arrested outside the White House Saturday after jumping over a pedestrian barrier, the Secret Service said.
The incident took place around 12:43 p.m. near the north entrance of the White House on Pennsylvania Avenue NW, officials said.
The individual, who was not identified, was “immediately apprehended” before reaching the White House fence, said Mason Brayman, a Secret Service spokesman. Criminal charges are pending, Brayman said.
President Trump was not at the White House at the time. He and his family are spending the weekend at his Florida estate.
White House press secretary Sean Spicer praised the Secret Service in a tweet.
“Individual jumped bike rack on Pennsylvania Ave, not @WhiteHouse fence. Great response by @SecretService” Spicer tweeted. The “rack” Spicer referenced is a barrier lower than the spiked fence that marks the north side of the complex.
Witnesses said Secret Service officers immediate cleared the pedestrian walkway along Pennsylvania Avenue. People were allowed to return about an hour later said Ken Garrison of Rockville, who was there with a group from DefendLife.org.
The incident occurred eight days after a California man carrying Mace breached the perimeter of the executive complex on the night of March 10, roaming the White House grounds for nearly 17 minutes before being taken into custody, according to officials.
The recent events are certain to draw renewed scrutiny of the Secret Service. The agency came under criticism after a 2014 incident in which intruder Omar Gonzalez entered the executive mansion before being tackled by an off-duty agent in the East Room.
The chairman of the House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform on Friday ordered the Secret Service to preserve documents in the March 10 episode and deliver a full briefing on Monday.