White House Locked Down After Secret Service Arrests Man


The Secret Service arrested an individual who dropped a backpack and tried to jump a bike rack adjacent to the White House fence line on Wednesday.

The White House was placed on lockdown following the security breach.

The Secret Service tweeted, “At approximately 2:45 pm an individual dropped a backpack and attempted to jump a bike rack along the sidewalk on Pennsylvania Ave.

“The individual was immediately taken into custody by Secret Service Uniformed Division Officers.”

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CBS News White House correspondent Mark Knoller tweeted that the bike racks “form an outer perimeter about 10-15 feet away from the actual WH fenceline. But @SecretService take any breach seriously.”

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“Heavily armed Secret Service seen taking positions behind trees on the North Lawn of the WH.

“Press then cleared from the area,” Knoller added.

According to West Wing Reports, the White House was placed on lockdown and reporters were ordered into the media briefing room.

Washington, D.C., police closed Pennsylvania Avenue near the White House to pedestrian traffic as well.

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President Donald Trump and first lady Melania Trump were en route from Florida when the incident happened.

The Secret Service reported at approximately 3:30 p.m. Eastern Time that the suspicious backpack had been cleared by its personnel.

Additionally, pedestrian traffic closures were expected to be lifted soon thereafter.

The Secret Service employs about 3,200 special agents nationwide and an additional 1,300 uniformed officers who guard the White House, 24 hours a day, seven days a week.

CNN reported, “In addition to protecting the First Family, the Secret Service also provides security for the vice president, the president elect, the vice president elect, former presidents and their families, presidential candidates, visiting heads of state and representatives of the United States performing special missions overseas.”

Following the attacks on Sept. 11, 2001, the Secret Service also took responsibility for overseeing security for nonpolitical events that could be potential terrorist targets, such as the Super Bowl.

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Randy DeSoto has written more than 3,000 articles for The Western Journal since he joined the company in 2015. He is a graduate of West Point and Regent University School of Law. He is the author of the book "We Hold These Truths" and screenwriter of the political documentary "I Want Your Money."
Randy DeSoto is the senior staff writer for The Western Journal. He wrote and was the assistant producer of the documentary film "I Want Your Money" about the perils of Big Government, comparing the presidencies of Ronald Reagan and Barack Obama. Randy is the author of the book "We Hold These Truths," which addresses how leaders have appealed to beliefs found in the Declaration of Independence at defining moments in our nation's history. He has been published in several political sites and newspapers.

Randy graduated from the United States Military Academy at West Point with a BS in political science and Regent University School of Law with a juris doctorate.
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