A man who was spotted Saturday in a prohibited area on the sidewalk in front of the White House North Lawn and who police said was yelling “nonsensical statements” was ordered released from D.C. jail Monday after he pleaded not guilty to misdemeanor unlawful entry in D.C. Superior Court.
William Rawlinson, 58, of Silver Spring, was ordered to return to court April 12.
Police say Rawlinson was behind an auxiliary security barrier in front of the fence that encloses the White House grounds. The auxiliary barrier is about 40 inches tall and resembles a bicycle rack.
According to charging documents, Rawlinson gave authorities consent to search his vehicle, which was at the intersection of 15th and I streets. Authorities said no unusual items were found. The vehicle was towed to the 2nd District D.C. police headquarters and retrieved by Rawlinson’s mother.
As a condition of his release, a judge ordered Rawlinson to stay away from the White House grounds.