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Secret Service Erects New White House Fence After Breach

Omar J Gonzalez, accused White House fence jumper. Gonzalez had previously been arrested in Pulaski County, Va. in July, 2014 (Photo: New River Regional Jail)
Omar J Gonzalez, accused White House fence jumper. Gonzalez had previously been arrested in Pulaski County, Va. in July, 2014 (Photo: New River Regional Jail)

 

(BBC News) – The Secret Service has erected a second fence between the White House and a thoroughfare popular with tourists, local residents and workers, days after a man scaled the main fence and entered the mansion through an unlocked door.

The Secret Service said the new fence created a “temporary buffer zone” while it reviewed its procedures.

The new barrier is a series of linked sections about a metre (3.2ft) high.

Omar Gonzalez, 42, is being held in connection with the Friday intrusion.

Authorities say he was carrying a 9cm (3.5in) knife and faces charges of unlawfully entering a restricted building carrying a “deadly or dangerous weapon”.

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