UPDATE 7:20 p.m.: WASHINGTON (TheBlaze/AP) — The head of the U.S. Secret Service has ordered stepped-up security outside the White House after a man who jumped the fence made it all the way inside before being apprehended.
Director Julia Pierson has ordered enhanced officer patrols and surveillance along the North Fence of the White House, the Secret Service said. The measures took effect Friday evening after the incident.
Pierson has also ordered a comprehensive review of the incident. The Secret Service says it's unacceptable that the suspect made it so far before being arrested.
WASHINGTON (TheBlaze/AP) — A man who drove up to a White House gate and refused to leave was arrested on Saturday, the Secret Service said, less than 24 hours after another man jumped the fence and made it all the way into the presidential residence before being apprehended. The president and first family were not at home.
The second incident started Saturday afternoon when a man approached one of the White House gates on foot, Secret Service spokesman Ed Donovan said. He later showed up at another gate in a car and pulled into the vehicle screening area. When the man refused to leave, he was placed under arrest and charged with unlawful entry.
An explosive technician in a bomb suit kneels as he searches a vehicle near the entrance to White House in Washington, Saturday, Sept. 20, 2014. Secret Service says a man has been arrested for trying to unlawfully enter the White House, less than 24 hours after a fence-jumper made it all the way into the building. (Image source: AP/Pablo Martinez Monsivais)
Bomb technicians, fully suited, could be seen looking through a white four-door sedan with New Jersey plates and pulling out what appeared to be keys. Streets near the White House were temporarily closed as officers responded, but the White House was not locked down.
There were no immediate details about who the man was or why he was trying to enter the White House. President Barack Obama, his wife and daughters were at Camp David, the presidential retreat where the first family was spending the weekend.
The arrest comes the day after a 42-year-old man who scaled the fence managed to get through the North Portico doors before agents were able to apprehend him.
Uniformed Secret Service officers walk along the lawn on the North side of the White House in Washington, Saturday, Sept. 20, 2014. The Secret Service is coming under intense scrutiny after a man who hopped the White House fence made it all the way through the front door before being apprehended. (Image source: AP/Susan Walsh)
The Secret Service is reviewing that incident.
Here's a report on that first incident that delves into why Secret Service didn't shoot the intruder: