Driver of 'suspicious' vehicle sets off security alert at White House

Pauline Gross
March 20, 2017

On Saturday, an unidentified person was arrested for jumping over a bike rack near the White House, according to CNN.

The two incidents happened eight days after a man breached an outer perimeter fence and scaled a vehicle gate to gain entry to the White House lawn, raising questions about lapses in security under the Secret Service's watch.

The man jumped over the bike rack on Pennsylvania Avenue at a little before 1 p.m. Criminal charges are pending.

President Donald Trump was inside at the time.

Asked how he got there, he said he "jumped the fence". Sean Patrick Keoughan, 29, of Roanoke, Va., reportedly drove up in a stolen Chevy Impala and told Secret Service officials "there's a bomb in the trunk" while clasping an unidentified object in his hand.

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In the earlier one, a man was spotted about 12:40 p.m.in a prohibited area on the sidewalk in front of the North Lawn of the White House, according to a D.C. police report.

The incident occurred at the vehicle check point at 15th and E Streets N.W. It does not give access to the White House grounds, but only authorized vehicles are permitted to pass.

"That's why we spend billions of dollars on personnel and dogs and technologies and fences and undercover people and video surveillance", the Utah Republican said.

"Secretary Kelly told me that this person was there on the ground for 17 minutes, went undetected, was able to get up next to the White House, hide behind a pillar, look through a window, rattle the door handle", Chaffetz said.

Jonathan Tran, 26, of Milpitas, Calif., roamed the presidential grounds for more than 16 minutes before Secret Service agents discovered he was there.

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