Man tries to jump fence at White House, sparking lockdown

WASHINGTON Fri Feb 7, 2014 3:54pm EST

The White House is pictured shortly after sunrise in Washington, August 1, 2007. REUTERS/Jason Reed

The White House is pictured shortly after sunrise in Washington, August 1, 2007.

Credit: Reuters/Jason Reed

Related Topics

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - A man with two suspicious bags attempted to climb a White House fence on Friday before being apprehended, leading to a security lockdown of the White House grounds.

A Secret Service spokesman said the man was taken into custody and his bags were being screened.

"He did not make it over the fence," a U.S. Secret Service spokesman said.

The area around the White House was shut down and reporters were not allowed to leave through one of the gates because of the incident.

President Barack Obama was traveling in Michigan at the time.

(Reporting by Steve Holland and Jeff Mason; Editing by Eric Beech)

FILED UNDER:
We welcome comments that advance the story through relevant opinion, anecdotes, links and data. If you see a comment that you believe is irrelevant or inappropriate, you can flag it to our editors by using the report abuse links. Views expressed in the comments do not represent those of Reuters. For more information on our comment policy, see http://blogs.reuters.com/fulldisclosure/2010/09/27/toward-a-more-thoughtful-conversation-on-stories/
Comments (2)
REALAZBROKER wrote:
He was going to check out Moooochelle since POTUS Obozo was traveling in Michigan and looking for a hot Momma to make out with in Detroit.

Feb 07, 2014 5:12pm EST  --  Report as abuse
gregbrew56 wrote:
The U.S. needs better “crazy control”.

Feb 08, 2014 12:22pm EST  --  Report as abuse
This discussion is now closed. We welcome comments on our articles for a limited period after their publication.

Full focus