A man was detained by the Secret Service after he drove up to a checkpoint near the White House grounds. According to a Secret Service spokesperson, the man and his vehicle were “declared suspicious”
The Secret Service didn’t provide further information on to what triggered the alarm during the Saturday night incident, stating that it’s an ongoing criminal investigation.
According to the Secret Service spokesperson, the man drove the vehicle up to the checkpoint at 15th Street and E Street NW at 11:05 p.m. “Upon contact with the individual, U.S. Secret Service Uniform Division Officers detained the individual and declared his vehicle suspicious,” he added.
President Donald Trump is not in Washington, D.C. He is at his Mar-a-Lago estate in Florida.
This new incident comes just one week after a man claiming to be a friend of the president and had “an appointment” broke into the White House grounds. He wasn’t arrested until until more than 16 minutes after he first jumped a fence near the grounds.
According to court documents, Jonathan Tuan-Anh Tran, 26, supposedly jumped the fence near the Treasury Department and was arrested near the South Portico entrance of the White House. The Milpitas, California native was released Monday under court-ordered monitoring.
Another incident occurred on Saturday, where a person was apprehended after jumping over a low metal barrier just outside the White House fence, officials said. According to White House Press Secretary Sean Spicer, the individual jumped over a bike rack on Pennsylvania Avenue, not a White House fence, as stated in his Twitter account.