Woman at scene photo-tweets Thanksgiving White House fence jumper; who he is, what he said…

The first family’s Thanksgiving celebration was interrupted when a man decided to jump the fence at the White House shortly before 3 p.m, Thursday.

Virginia resident, Vanessa Peña, was standing right next to the man as he made the leap, and took these shots:

Peña told The Washington Post that just before he scaled the fence, he took a deep breath and said, “All right, let’s do this.”

“Then he just ran through us, jumped over the first barricade and went over the fence,” she said. “Right when he landed, he threw his arms in the air and went to his knees.”

The Post reported:

Officers and security dogs quickly swarmed the man, who carried a binder in his mouth as he sailed over the fence, and took him into custody, Peña said. The incident lasted no more than five minutes. Police deployed rapidly, pushing the usual crowd of tourists back through Lafayette Square to H Street. The square and Pennsylvania Avenue were cordoned off for much of the afternoon after the incident.

Here are some more of Peña’s photos: fence-jumper1 fence-jumper2 fence-jumper3 fence-jumper4 The Associated Press reported that as soon as the jumper made it over onto the north lawn, the first family was herded off into lockdown.

NBC News identified the jumper as Joseph Caputo.

Joseph Caputo / SOURCE: The Daily Mail

One Twitter user with a good imagination and strong Photoshop skills replied to the AP‘s tweet with what he thought President and Mrs. Obama looked like as the White House went into lockdown.

The Daily Mail reported that Caputo made this entry on his Facebook page just hours before leaping over the fence:

I believe that in a democracy the people lead, and that we need revolution, and that parties are a useless waste of time, meant to keep us from leading our nation as we should be by distracting us with redundant and passionate debates meant to keep us bickering with one another

Watch the following clip, via the Daily Mail:


Please help us! If you are fed up with letting radical big tech execs, phony fact-checkers, tyrannical liberals and a lying mainstream media have unprecedented power over your news please consider making a donation to BPR to help us fight them. Now is the time. Truth has never been more critical!

Success! Thank you for donating. Please share BPR content to help combat the lies.


We have no tolerance for comments containing violence, racism, profanity, vulgarity, doxing, or discourteous behavior. If a comment is spam, instead of replying to it please click the ∨ icon below and to the right of that comment. Thank you for partnering with us to maintain fruitful conversation.

PLEASE JOIN OUR NEW COMMENT SYSTEM! We love hearing from our readers and invite you to join us for feedback and great conversation. If you've commented with us before, we'll need you to re-input your email address for this. The public will not see it and we do not share it.

Latest Articles