Dominic Adesanya (pictured), allegedly managed to jump over the “secured” White House fence on Wednesday and make it all the way to the North Lawn before he was nabbed by Secret Service agents, cuffed, and charged with four counts of resisting and unlawful entry and one count of making threats, according to CNN.
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The 23-year-old Bel Air, Md., resident reportedly entered the premises at around 7:16 p.m., running about 20 yards past the security fence that surrounds part of the White House. Two Secret Service K-9 dogs reportedly sustained injuries as they tried to subdue Adesanya during the altercation, and then he allegedly kicked one officer and punched the other. And while Adesanya reportedly did not have any weapons on his person, both dogs were taken to a veterinarian for evaluation and treatment.
As a precaution during the attempted break-in, the White House press corp and photographers were locked inside the residence for security purposes.
Adesanya’s father, Victor, spoke to a CNN affiliate, revealing that his son is mentally unstable; Victor reportedly divulged that his son has been labeled a “paranoid schizophrenic” and has been prescribed antidepressants and other drugs that he refuses to take. Coincidentally, Adesanya, according to his father, was arrested over the summer at a location near the White House and charged with a misdemeanor. “He had done it before. … He didn’t get that close,” the Dad told CNN. “He didn’t cross the fence. He was at the gate, fussing at the people, wanting to talk to the President to tell the President about his situation.”
Still, Victor insists that his son did not mean any harm to the President, saying, “He doesn’t understand, you know, his problem is not the President, you know, his problem is in his head. And he don’t [sic] want help, but we can’t get him help, but we think he needs to be forced to get the help.”
Last month, U.S. military decorated vet Omar J. Gonzales (pictured with officers) was apprehended by Secret Service just a few feet from the Obama family’s living room. Even though the President and his family were away from the White House when the break-in occurred, the breach, however, raised questions about security protocol at the White House and the Secret Service’s ability to carry them out. Prosecutors later found more than 800 rounds of ammunition, two hatchets, and a machete in Gonzalez’s car, which was parked just blocks from the White House.
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