A man who breached security at the White House grounds was arrested Friday night after being discovered by a Secret Service officer, according to CNN.
The intruder — identified as 26-year-old San Jose University graduate Jonathan Tran – was placed under arrest at the scene. Tran told police that he is a friend of President Trump’s and had an appointment, neither of which was true. CNN learned that, according to Tran’s brother, he was troubled since being laid off from his electrical engineering job and had been living in his car and eating junk food.
Tran, who was carrying a backpack, jumped a fence at the south side of the White House just before midnight. The backpack did not contain hazardous materials.
President Trump, who is spending the weekend in Washington, D.C., was at the White House at the time. The suspect got as close as 200 feet from the commander-in-chief’s bedroom window.
Saturday morning President Trump was asked about the incident. “Secret Service did a fantastic job last night,” he said. “I appreciated it. Secret Service did a fantastic job. It was a troubled person. Very sad. Secret Service was fantastic.”
Following the breach, the White House was placed under security condition “orange,” one of the highest levels of security for the Secret Service.
This isn’t the first incident of trespass onto the White House grounds in recent years.
On Thanksgiving 2015, Joseph Caputo was caught on the North Lawn after he scaled the fence while wearing an American flag as a cape. The Obamas were inside the residence celebrating the holiday at the time.
The previous year, Omar Gonzales made it through the north portico doors with a knife. The first family was not present at the time of his apprehension.