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:
— Vanessa Peña (@VanessaVans_) November 26, 2015
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: 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.
USSS identifies the Thanksgiving Day fence jumper as Joseph Caputo. He was taken into custody and criminal charges are pending.
— Kristen Welker (@kwelkernbc) November 26, 2015
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:
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