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White House Intruder Who Jumped Fence, Sprinted Across Lawn Was Carrying a Knife: Affidavit


He carried a Spyderco VG-10 folding knife with a three-and-a-half inch serrated blade.

Screengrab from video posted to Instagram reportedly of Omar Gonzalez racing toward the White House entrance. (Image source: Instagram)

The intruder who jumped a White House fence Friday and made it through the North Portico doors was in possession of a folding knife in his pants pocket, according to a Secret Service affidavit filed Saturday, CNN reported.

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Omar Gonzalez, 42, of Copperas Cove, Texas, is accused of unlawfully entering a restricted building or grounds while carrying a deadly or dangerous weapon, CNN added, citing officials.

The charge is punishable by up to 10 years in prison, CNN said.

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The affidavit, in support of a criminal complaint, said he carried a Spyderco VG-10 folding knife with a three-and-a-half inch serrated blade in his pants pocket. On Friday, the Secret Service said the fence jumper appeared to be unarmed.

Gonzalez told a Secret Service agent "that he was concerned that the atmosphere was collapsing and needed to get the information to the President of the United States so that he could get the word out to the people," according to the affidavit.

A Secret Service officer said he yelled at the intruder to stop. Gonzalez was apprehended just after making it inside the doors, according to the document. The first family was not at the White House at the time, but other people were.

President Obama had left just four minutes earlier with his daughters via helicopter from the South Lawn to visit Camp David, CNN reported.

Gonzalez was in custody Saturday evening and is scheduled to appear before a U.S. magistrate on Monday, CNN added.

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