March 23, 2017

Man In 'Suspicious' Vehicle Detained Near White House: Secret Service

20 March 2017, 05:42 | Marion Schneider

The White House is seen through the North Lawn perimeter fence in Washington Sept. 23 2014. AP

The White House is seen through the North Lawn perimeter fence in Washington Sept. 23 2014. AP

For the second week in a row, Secret Service agents raised the alarm - and the security level - at the White House due to an intruder.

A driver pulled up to a White House checkpoint at 11:05 on Saturday night and claimed to have a bomb in his vehicle - but was arrested without incident, CNN reported.

CBS19's Washington, DC affiliate WUSA9 reports 29-year-old Sean Patrick Keoughan drove a "suspicious" vehicle to a checkpoint near the White House and stated "there is a bomb in the trunk". The more recent event took place earlier Saturday when someone climbed over a crowd-control barrier outside the White House. The man had a backpack with two cans of pepper spray and was on the grounds unrestrained for 16 or 17 minutes before Secret Service detained him.

Streets around the White House were sealed off as police checked the vehicle for explosives.

On Saturday around 11 p.m., police saw a 2017 Chevrolet Impala with an IN license plate pull up to the vehicle entry bollard.

Several streets around the White House have been closed.

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The individual was detained immediately and criminal charges are pending, the agency said in a statement, without identifying the suspect. Trump and his family are spending the weekend at his resort in Palm Beach, Florida.

Tran, of Milpitas, California, had on him two cans of mace, a U.S. passport, an Apple laptop, a book written by Trump, and a letter to the president, according to a police report.

Members of the Secret Service Uniformed Divison patrol alongside the security fence around the perimeter of the White House in Washington, DC, March 18, 2017.

A man is reportedly in custody after he drove up to a White House check point claiming to have a bomb in his auto. Republican Congressman Jason Chaffetz, on the other hand, said the incident was "a total and complete embarrassment".

The Secret Service acknowledged the event and did not comment regarding what kind of security protocol or alarm failed at the time of the trespassing.

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