President Donald Trump said the U.S. Secret Service did a phenomenal job” apprehending the “troubled person” who got onto White House grounds after scaling a fence.
The person is in police custody after climbing an outer perimeter fence near the Treasury Department and East Executive Avenue, according to the U.S. Secret Service.
The breach happened at 11:38 p.m. Friday night and President Trump was inside the executive mansion.
“Secret Service did a fantastic job last night,” Trump said Saturday from his golf club in Northern Virginia.
Authorities said the person was carrying a backpack, but no hazardous materials were found.
They have not released the identity of the person, however, the person was arrested without further incident.
The Secret Service said they found “nothing of concern to security operations” after a search of the south and north grounds of the White House complex.
Homeland Security Secretary John Kelly was briefed on the incident.
Report via CBN News
Reported at CNN:
A man carrying a backpack was arrested Friday night after breaching security at the White House complex and was discovered by a Secret Service officer by the south entrance to the executive residence, officials said.
The incident happened just before midnight while President Donald Trump was at the White House.
The suspect, identified in court records as Jonathan T. Tran, 26, of California, told the agency’s officers that he was there to see the President.
“No, I am a friend of the President. I have an appointment,” Tran said when approached by an officer, according to a report released Saturday by the Washington Metropolitan Police Department.
Asked how he got there, Tran told officers: “I jumped the fence.”