A man that were allegedly swore to celebrate “self-government” on Thanksgiving justification a security lockdown by clambering over the White House fence as the first household celebrated the holiday.
The man, detected by police as Joseph Caputo, was instantly grasped and taken into imprisonment pending criminal charges, the Secret Service said in a statement. The incident took place about 2:45 p.m. EST.
Authorities have not elaborated on Caputo’s age, hometown or motive for his action, but the New York Post reported that Caputo repeatedly posted anti-government screeds on his Facebook page and mentioned of the Thanksgiving holiday, “Today has as much to do with geese and devotees as Easter does with eggs and rabbits … dont think of what your planet can do for you, think about what you can do for your planet.”
An image of Caputo draped in an American pennant and obstruction a section of fence in front of the North Lawn was posted on the website of television channel WJLA. Another image presented him standing on the lawn with his arms raised in victory.
Witness Victoria Pena of Houston, read Caputo was standing with other people inspecting the White House compound when he rushed towards the barrier carrying what appeared to be a binder.
“I just heard him take a big, deep breath and mumble to himself, ‘All right, let’s do this’ and he took off, ” Pena enunciated. “It was chaotic. Everyone around us was hollering and kids were weeping. It was pretty unexpected.”
Security personnel and guard dogs guided toward Caputo and he lay on the grass awaiting them, Pena said.
The north and south fence ways at the White House were temporarily closed, Secret Service spokesman Robert Hoback responded. In the hours following the incident, numerous forearmed defence personnel were read along the streets and sidewalks outside the executive mansion.
President Barack Obama and his wife and daughters were investing the vacation at the White House.
In May, the Secret services lent a second mantle of sword spikes to the top of the fence following an incident the previous month in which a California man scaled the barrier and got onto the lawn. Other long-term defence enhancements were under consideration in response to a September 2014 insurance violate in which a Texas man managed to proportion the barrier, enter the executive mansion and lope deep into the building.
The Associated Press contributed to this report .