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White House Jumper Held Without Bond


WASHINGTON (AP/WBOC) – The 23-year-old Maryland man taken into custody for jumping over the White House fence Wednesday night is now being held without bond.

A federal magistrate judge made the decision in a court appearance on Thursday.

The Secret Service spokesman Brian Leary identified the jumper as Dominic Adesanya, of Bel Air, Md. Adesanya resisted being taken away and started talking as two court officers removed him from the courtroom yesterday.

He is charged with felonies for assaulting two police dogs and making threats. A preliminary hearing and detention hearing have been scheduled for Monday.

Officials say Adesanya jumped the White House fence at 7:16 p.m. Wednesday evening and was quickly apprehended on the North Lawn by uniformed Secret Service agents and their dogs. Leary said he was unarmed at the time of his arrest.

Two dogs were taken to a veterinarian for injuries sustained during the incident, Leary added.

Video of the incident recorded by TV news cameras shows a man in white shorts on the lawn just inside the fence. The video shows that man lifting his shirt as if to show that he is unarmed. He is then seen kicking and punching two Secret Service dogs that were released on him.

The man was being taken to a local hospital, Leary said, without elaboration.

This is not the first time Adesanya has been arrested for unlawful entry. On July 27 he jumped over a security barrier. Three days later he tried to get into the Treasury Department next door.

In court on Thursday, the judge ordered Adesanya have a mental health screening before his next hearing on Monday.

On Wednesday, White House press secretary Josh Earnest said options are being considered to enhance security at the White House, including more personnel, technology and physical impediments to get in. He praised the agents' response, saying, "Yesterday's incident underscores the professionalism of the Secret Service."

This incident comes about a month after a previous White House fence jumper sprinted across the same lawn, past armed uniformed agents and entered the mansion before he was felled in the ceremonial East Room and taken into custody.

That embarrassing Sept. 19 incident preceded the disclosure of other serious Secret Service breaches in security for President Barack Obama and ultimately led to Julia Pierson's resignation as director of the agency after 18 months on the job.

After Pierson resigned, an agent who once led Obama's protective detail came out of retirement to lead the Secret Service until Obama names a new director, pending the completion of internal and independent reviews of agency practices.

This week, a federal judge delayed the arraignment of Omar Gonzalez, the individual charged in September's fence-jumping incident, because of questions about his mental fitness to stand trial.

Gonzalez has been indicted on several charges, including of carrying a knife into the White House and assaulting two Secret Service officers.

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