Security? Man is able to run through front doors of White House after jumping North Lawn fence
WASHINGTON (CNN) — A man jumped the fence at the White House late Friday and made it through the North Portico doors into the building before he was captured, Secret Service spokesman Brian Leary said.
Part of the White House was evacuated after a disturbance was detected on the North Lawn, according to a CNN reporter who was among those hustled from the building.
The suspect, 42-year-old Omar Gonzalez of Texas, was apprehended just after making it inside the doors. He was unarmed. He was taken to George Washington Medical Center for a medical evaluation, Leary said.
“The incident is under investigation and the U.S.S.S. will review the response, to make sure proper protocol was followed,” he said.
Witnesses reported seeing a man running across the property.
The incident occurred shortly after President Obama and his daughters departed the South Lawn on their way to Camp David.
A CNN crew saw Secret Service agents standing over what appeared to be a man on the North Portico.
A man believed to be the suspect was later seen being loaded onto an ambulance.
More than an hour later, Secret Service agents and dogs were seen standing near where the disturbance occurred.
CNN White House producer Becky Brittain said she has never been evacuated off White House grounds in her nine years of reporting there.
“This time they were very serious about getting us all out of the White House very quickly,” she said.