A California man is facing up to 10 years in prison for hopping The White House fence and roaming on the lawn for nearly 17 minutes.
Jonathan T. Tran, who never actually entered the building, was spotted by secret service walking around and crossing a five-foot outer fence near East Executive Avenue and the Treasury Department complex at 11:21 p.m. and was arrested at 11:38 p.m, the agency said.
This incident, which was responded to in a late manner by secret service, is considered to be the first intrusion of the White House since President Trump took office.
Last year, following the fence hop during former President Obama’s term, SS added spikes to the top of the six-foot fence – which they plan to make taller- that surrounds the White House complex to stop intruders from hopping over.
The agency said it has done more than 50 interviews and reviewed radio transmissions and video footage of the incident. It also said it has taken immediate but unspecified steps to mitigate lapses in security protocols as the investigation continues.
This story comes after a man stole a laptop containing secret information about the presidential campaign from the car of a secret service member.