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White House Fence Jumper Caught by Secret Service Dogs

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By    |   Thursday, 23 Oct 2014 06:39 AM

Another person jumped the White House fence on Wednesday night, but was captured by Secret Service dogs on the lawn long before reaching the White House doors.

Dominic Adesanya, 23, of Bel Air, Maryland, was taken into custody with pending charges after climbing the White House fence at 7:16 p.m., Secret Service spokesman Edwin Donovan told the Washington Post.

"An individual jumped the north fence of the White House," Donovan said. "He was immediately taken into custody by canine units and Uniformed Division officers."

The Washington Post said the White House was on lockdown for more than 90 minutes and Lafayette Park was cleared of tourists until 9:45 p.m. The fence-jumping attack came on the same day when an armed man attacked the Canadian parliament in Ottawa.

Last month, Omar Gonzalez scaled a White House fence with a pocket knife and ran unimpeded into an unlocked White House before he was detained, according to CNN. Gonzalez's indictment has been delayed until he undergoes a full mental competency evaluation.

That incident and numerous other lapses involving the Secret Service led to the resignation of the agency's director Julia Pierson on Oct. 1. Pierson was replaced by Joseph Clancy, formerly special agent in charge of the Presidential Protective Division of the Secret Service, on an interim basis, according to Politico.

The Secret Service had been besieged with image and performance problems through President Barack Obama's time in office, including a prostitution scandal overseas and an incident in which shots were fired at the White House.

"Problems at the Secret Service pre-date Ms. Pierson's tenure as director, and her resignation certainly does not resolve them," U.S. Rep. Darrell Issa, chairman of the House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform, said in a statement then. "We will continue to examine clear and serious agency failures at the Secret Service that have been exposed."


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