The White House went on lockdown after a man jumped over the fence at the neighboring Eisenhower Office Building. He allegedly stole a purse and was being pursued by law enforcement. (Alice Li,David Bruns/The Washington Post)

A suspected robber was injured Tuesday afternoon after he jumped a fence near the White House to flee the scene of a crime, a spokesman for the U.S. Secret Service said.

The man was taken into custody shortly after he jumped the west fence of the Eisenhower Executive Office Building around 3:55 p.m., said Robert K. Hoback, an agency spokesman.

Hoback said in a release that an initial investigation indicated that the man was running from a robbery near the White House, in the area of G and 17th streets NW. He is scheduled to appear in Superior Court on Wednesday, Hoback added.

The man, who was not immediately identified publicly, was taken to an area hospital after he apparently injured his hand, according to the D.C. fire department.

The incident put the White House into a brief lock-down. Pedestrians were also blocked for a time from the plaza in the 1600 block of Pennsylvania Avenue.

It was not immediately clear precisely where the suspected jumper got over the fence.

Doug Buchanan, a spokesman for the D.C. fire department, said the man was apparenly injured as he crawled along a fence line in a small ditch, called a moat, near 17th Street Northwest.