A man accused of jumping the White House fence Friday night was carrying a “dangerous weapon”: “…court documents obtained by Fox News show that two cans of mace were found inside the backpack”.
A 26-year-old California man named Jonathan T. Tran climbed a White House fence Friday night and gained access to the complex’s south grounds before being arrested, the Secret Service said Saturday.
It occurred shortly before midnight.
Tran was charged late Saturday in a District of Columbia federal court with “entering or remaining in restricted grounds while using or carrying a dangerous weapon.” The federal offense carries a maximum 10 years in prison.
The accused’s brother Bryan said his brother is very troubled and was under stress after being laid off from his job as an electrical engineer.
Tran does not have a criminal history.
The President who was in the White House at the time praised the Secret Service. “The service did a fantastic job,” the President said to reporters during a lunch meeting with Cabinet officials at the Trump National Golf Club in Potomac Falls, Virginia. “It was a troubled person. It was very sad.”
He was living in his car and it appears he just wanted to talk to President Trump.
When confronted by police, he said he wanted speak with the President. “No, I am a friend of the President”, he said. I have an appointment,”.
The report said White House security footage later showed the intruder jumping the face at the northwest courtyard of the Treasury Building, which is adjacent to the White House. He was not detected, however, until approached by a uniformed Secret Service officer.
Can’t they put Marines all around the White House near the fence?
Former Secret Service agent Dan Bongino said the President just isn’t safe anymore. They’re using dated techniques. Click the photo for the video clip.