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CNN: White House Intruder Was on Grounds for 15 Minutes Before Arrest

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By    |   Friday, 17 Mar 2017 03:19 PM

The accused White House intruder was apprehended for 15 minutes after jumping the fences to the south grounds, according to CNN.

Citing a Secret Service source, CNN reports that Jonathan Tran set off multiple alarms after breaching the property, but that "the response to the alarm was lacking, and [the suspect] found vulnerabilities in the system." The 26-year-old from California was eventually caught feet from the main entrance to the mansion.

In the affidavit filed with the D.C. District Court, the arresting officer stated that the suspect carried two cans of mace, that he came close to the wall of the White House mansion, and that he at some point hid behind a pillar.

CNN's Secret Service source claims Tran was seen near Pennsylvania Avenue at 6 p.m. that day, nearly six hours before his arrest. He first jumped a fence by the Northwest corner of the Treasury Building and then crossed East Executive Drive before jumping the gate by the East Wing of the White House near an often-unattended guard post.

GOP Rep. Jason Chaffetz, the House Oversight Committee chairman, wrote a letter Friday to the Secret Service's acting director to inform him that Oversight would begin its own investigation after it received "allegations of additional information that was not included in the affidavit."

"According to those allegations, the individual may have triggered alarms the USSS ignored, may have moved around on the White House grounds undetected for a considerable amount of time, and may have attempted entry into the building. If true, these allegations raise questions about whether the agency's security protocols are adequate."

Chaffetz requests three hours of video of the White House grounds that day covering the time Tran entered the grounds and was apprehended, and records of all activity in the Joint Operations Center, of alarms on the White House grounds, and of the USSS' "awareness of and response to" the incident.

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