Update as of 12:37 a.m. EDT: The man arrested for jumping the fence around the White House Wednesday has reportedly been identified by the U.S. Secret Service as Dominic Adesanya of Bel Air, Maryland.
In addition, the service confirmed that the two dogs which tackled Adesanya have been taken for vetinary treatment for injuries that were sustained in the incident. Video of the incident appears to show Adesanya punching and kicking the dogs.
Original story below:
A man who jumped over the White House fence was apprehended by Secret Service agents, who were assisted by dogs.
The man went over the fence at 7:16 p.m. and ran 30 yards across the north lawn, where two dogs attacked him, and he was subsequently arrested by Secret Service Agents.
Secret Service spokesman Edwin Donovan told the Washington Post, “An individual jumped the north fence of the White House. He was immediately taken into custody by canine units and Uniformed Division officers.” No shots were fired, Donovan said.
The White House was placed on lockdown and members of the media were held inside until it was lifted.
Video of the incident appears to show the man kicking and punching at the dogs as they attack him. The man, whose name has not been released, is reportedly receiving medical treatment for a dog bite.
This is the seventh such incident at the White House this year, and comes only weeks after an incident in which intruder Omar Gonzalez, 42, made it into the executive mansion armed with a knife before being apprehended. Secret Service Director Julia Pierson resigned over the breach of security.
CBS White House correspondent Mark Knoller quoted a Secret Service spokesperson as saying “dogs got him.” Reuters White House correspondent Jeff Mason tweeted that security at the White House appears to have adopted different tactics in dealing with intruders since the Gonzalez incident.
Not the same drama as last time there was a WH fence jumper. This time dogs were allowed to run at him. Lessons clearly learned.
â€” Jeff Mason (@jeffmason1) October 22, 2014