Secret Service: White House fence jumper evaded arrest for 16 minutes – Politico

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The Secret Service said it has conducted over 50 interviews in an ongoing investigation into the incident. | AP Photo

The Secret Service confirmed Friday that an intruder avoided capture for over 16 minutes after breaching the perimeters of the White House grounds last week.

On March 10, according to a Secret Service statement released Friday, an individual jumped the fence on East Executive Avenue near the Treasury Department and onto the grounds. Around 11:22 p.m. the individual scaled multiple fences, ranging from 3 to 8 feet in height, as officials began to attempt to locate and identify the intruder.

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More than 16 minutes later, at around 11:38 p.m., the intruder was apprehended and taken into custody. At no point, they added, did the individual “gain entry into the White House.”

“The men and women of the Secret Service are extremely disappointed and angry in how the events of March 10th transpired,” the protection detail said in a statement.

Jonathan Tran, according to reports, will face a 10-year maximum sentence for intruding on White House grounds without permission.

The Secret Service said it has conducted over 50 interviews in an ongoing investigation into the incident.

They added: “Immediate steps have been taken to mitigate lapses in security protocols even as the investigation continues. These steps include additional posts, technology enhancements, and response protocols.”

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