Man caught after jumping White House fence
Updated: 2006-04-10 08:14
WASHINGTON - A screaming intruder made it onto the front lawn of the White
House Sunday while President Bush was at home before being apprehended by Secret
Secret Service spokesman Eric Zahren
identified the man as 40-year-old Brian Lee Patterson, whose last known address
was in Albuquerque, N.M. Patterson has been caught trying to get onto the White
House grounds at least three times before, Zahren said.
intruder, right, shouts as he is approached by a member of the Secret
Service Emergency Response Team on the North Lawn of the White House,
Sunday, April 9, 2006 in Washington. The man was later taken into custody
by the Secret Service. President Bush was in the White House at the time.
The bearded man, wearing blue jeans and a white T-shirt that said "God Bless
America," jumped the fence outside the White House and ran across the north lawn
while repeatedly yelling, "I am a victim of terrorism!"
Members of the Secret Service emergency response team, including one holding
a barking dog, chased Patterson with their guns drawn and surrounded him near
the row of cameras set up for television stand-ups.
"I have intelligence information for the president," he said, waving his arms
in the air. "I'm not afraid of you," Patterson screamed at the officers who were
ordering him to the ground with guns drawn.
Patterson eventually kneeled on the ground and was taken into custody shortly
before 4 p.m. He cut his hand jumping the fence and was taken to George
Washington University hospital for treatment and was to appear in court Monday,
Zahren said Patterson was charged with unlawful entry for the last time he
jumped the fence, in February. He faces the same charge for Sunday's incident
and also a contempt of court charge for violating judge's orders to stay away
from the White House.