Milpitas man accused of jumping White House fence in custody

Judith QuinnMar 15, 2017

A man with a backpack was arrested late Friday after breaching the White House grounds, the Secret Service said in a statement Saturday. Tran is a San Jose State University graduate.

The intruder, identified as Jonathan Tran, 26, of California, told security he had an appointment with the President.

Tran was charged with entering or remaining in restricted grounds while using or carrying a unsafe weapon, and faces a maximum of 10 years in prison, said Bill Miller, a spokesman for the U.S. Attorney's office.

The White House's south entrance is often used to greet VIP guests, such as Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu last month.

The Secret Service said the breach into the south grounds of the White House happened at about 11:38 p.m. He was carrying two cans of mace as well as a US passport, a computer and one of the president's books, authorities said. He was apprised of the situation, White House spokesman Sean Spicer told journalists. He has already appeared in a DC court on March 11 and is set to go to court on March 13, ABC News reports.

Homeland Security Secretary John Kelly also was briefed on the incident, the Secret Service said.

Officials placed the White House under security condition "orange" after the incident, which is one of the highest levels of security for the Secret Service.

Another man wearing an American flag jumped the fence in November 2015.

A federal law enforcement official said Tran has no prior criminal record and no history with the Secret Service.

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