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article imageWhite House intruder arrested after jumping fence

By Kim I. Hartman     Aug 3, 2011 in Politics
Washington - A man was arrested Tuesday evening after he scaled the White House fence on the Pennsylvania Avenue side of the grounds and managed to get onto the lawn where he was immediately spotted by news crews and captured by Secret Service agents.
The man jumped the fence carrying a backpack during a live broadcast of the John King USA show on CNN, which was being filmed in the press area on the North Lawn of the White House.
He can be seen in the video crawling on the ground as Secret Service officers approached him with guns drawn.
The man was identified by Secret Service spokesman Ed Donavan as James D. Crudup. He was arrested and charged with unlawful entry and contempt of court and was taken to a Washington D.C. police station, reports Associated Press.
The AP said the contempt charges stems from a previous "court order requiring Crudup, 41, to stay away from the White House."
CNN's John King identified the man as homeless. He said bomb sniffing dogs were used by the Secret Service to inspect the backpack being carried by Crudup.
According to the CNN report the White House was put on lock-down for a short period of time and King and his crew were ordered inside the building.
It was reported that President Barack Obama was at the White House during the incident.
This is the second time in 48 hours that an intruder has breached security at the White House and made it on the grounds before being apprehended by the Secret Service.
On Sunday a 6-year-old girl managed to slip between the metal bars of the black picket fence that surrounds the White House grounds. USA Today said the girl ran around on the lawn for a few minutes before being noticed by a White House reporter. She was eventually caught by Secret Service officers who released her to her parents who were waiting outside the fence.
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