The White House was evacuated and the Secret Service embarrassed after an intruder scaled a fence, scrambled across the lawn, and made it inside the front door before being apprehended by security personnel.
Shaky footage shot from the front lines purportedly shows the security breach, which occurred shortly after 7pm Friday evening and sent the official presidential residence into a scramble.
The incident has raised questions about how the man, clad in jeans and a t-shirt, was allowed to make it all the way inside the columned entrance of the North Portico, which overlooks Pennsylvania Avenue, before being tacked by security personnel.
The intruder, identified as Omar J. Gonzalez, 42, of Copperas Cove, Texas, is seen in the video bolting across the grounds. Secret Service officers yell at passers by outside the fence to clear out, while the person shooting the footage is heard asking “What’s going on?”
Officials had originally said that Gonzalez appeared…
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