Man who jumped White House fence facing charges: Secret Service

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WASHINGTON, Nov 26 (Reuters) - A man who jumped the White House fence on Thursday, triggering a lockdown of the presidential mansion, was quickly caught and now faces criminal charges, the U.S. Secret Service said.

Joseph Caputo scaled the north fence line of the White House grounds at around 2:45 p.m. and was immediately apprehended, the Secret Service said in a statement. It did not provide further details about the suspect.

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In this photo provided by Vanessa Pena, a man jumps a fence at the White House on Thursday, Nov. 26, 2015, in Washington. The man was immediately apprehended and taken into custody pending criminal charges, the Secret Service said. President Barack Obama and his wife and daughters were spending Thanksgiving the holiday at the White House. (Vanessa Peña via AP)
In this photo provided by Vanessa Pena, a man jumps a fence at the White House on Thursday, Nov. 26, 2015, in Washington. The man was immediately apprehended and taken into custody pending criminal charges, the Secret Service said. President Barack Obama and his wife and daughters were spending Thanksgiving the holiday at the White House. (Vanessa Peña via AP)
In this photo provided by Vanessa Pena, a man jumps a fence at the White House on Thursday, Nov. 26, 2015, in Washington. The man was immediately apprehended and taken into custody pending criminal charges, the Secret Service said. President Barack Obama and his wife and daughters were spending Thanksgiving the holiday at the White House. (Vanessa Peña via AP)
People gather outside the White House after the Secret Service arrested a man who was caught jumping the fence as President Barack Obama and his family ate Thanksgiving dinner, on Thursday, Nov. 26, 2015, in Washington. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci)
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Secret Service police stand guard outside the White House after a man was caught jumping the fence as President Barack Obama and his family ate Thanksgiving dinner, on Thursday, Nov. 26, 2015, in Washington. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci)
The sun sets on the White House after the Secret Service arrested a man who was caught jumping the fence as President Barack Obama and his family ate Thanksgiving dinner, on Thursday, Nov. 26, 2015, in Washington. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci)
Secret Service police stand guard outside the White House after a man was caught jumping the fence as President Barack Obama and his family ate Thanksgiving dinner, on Thursday, Nov. 26, 2015, in Washington. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci)
Secret Service police stand guard outside the White House after a man was caught jumping the fence as President Barack Obama and his family ate Thanksgiving dinner, on Thursday, Nov. 26, 2015, in Washington. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci)
Secret Service police stand guard outside the White House after a man was caught jumping the fence as President Barack Obama and his family ate Thanksgiving dinner, on Thursday, Nov. 26, 2015, in Washington. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci)
Secret Service Officers stand guard on the sidewalk in front of the White House in Washington, Friday, Nov. 27, 2015. Joseph Caputo of Connecticut draped himself in an American flag and scaled the White House fence on Thanksgiving Day, as members of President Obama√Ęs family were celebrating Thanksgiving. Court documents show Caputo had been staying with friends in Virginia and left them a note that stated his intention to die on Nov. 26. The documents show he also left an audio message for his mother and prepared a will. Caputo made a brief court appearance on Friday and was ordered to undergo a psychiatric evaluation. (AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais)
Visitors takes photos on the sidewalk in front of the White House in Washington, Friday, Nov. 27, 2015. Joseph Caputo, 22, of Connecticut, draped himself in an American flag and scaled the White House fence on Thanksgiving Day, as members of President Obama√Ęs family were celebrating Thanksgiving. Court documents show Caputo had been staying with friends in Virginia and left them a note that stated his intention to die on Nov. 26. The documents show he also left an audio message for his mother and prepared a will. Caputo made a brief court appearance on Friday and was ordered to undergo a psychiatric evaluation. (AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais)
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The White House was locked down as the Secret Service conducted a security sweep of the area, and nearby streets were closed off, ABC News and The Washington Post reported earlier.

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The Thanksgiving Day incident came amid heightened security concerns in the United States and other Western countries following the Nov. 13 attacks in Paris that killed 130 people.

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In this Nov. 17, 2015 picture people enjoy dinner at 'Iguana Cafe' close to one of the spots of Friday's attacks in Paris. Parisians are returning to cafes, bars and restaurants, determined that the Nov. 13 attacks won't alter the city's way of life. President Francois Hollande has told his compatriots that 'life must resumed in full,' asking: 'What would our country be without its cafes?'(AP Photo/Daniel Ochoa de Olza)
In this Nov. 17, 2015 picture people enjoy dinner at 'Le Paradis' close to one of the spots of Friday's attacks in Paris. Parisians are returning to cafes, bars and restaurants, determined that the Nov. 13 attacks won't alter the city's way of life. President Francois Hollande has told his compatriots that 'life must resumed in full,' asking: 'What would our country be without its cafes?'(AP Photo/Daniel Ochoa de Olza)
In this Nov. 17, 2015 picture people enjoy dinner at '1er Bistrot Philo' close to one of the spots of Friday's attacks in Paris. Parisians are returning to cafes, bars and restaurants, determined that the Nov. 13 attacks won't alter the city's way of life. President Francois Hollande has told his compatriots that 'life must resumed in full,' asking: 'What would our country be without its cafes?'(AP Photo/Daniel Ochoa de Olza)
In this Nov. 17, 2015 picture people enjoy dinner at 'Charonne Cafe' close to one of the spots of Friday's attacks in Paris. Parisians are returning to cafes, bars and restaurants, determined that the Nov. 13 attacks won't alter the city's way of life. President Francois Hollande has told his compatriots that 'life must resumed in full,' asking: 'What would our country be without its cafes?'(AP Photo/Daniel Ochoa de Olza)
In this Nov. 17, 2015 picture people enjoy dinner at 'Le Bistrot du Commerce' close to one of the spots of Friday's attacks in Paris.. Parisians are returning to cafes, bars and restaurants, determined that the Nov. 13 attacks won't alter the city's way of life. President Francois Hollande has told his compatriots that 'life must resumed in full,' asking: 'What would our country be without its cafes?'(AP Photo/Daniel Ochoa de Olza)
In this Nov. 17, 2015 picture people enjoy dinner at 'Chez Gladines' close to one of the spots of Friday's attacks in Paris. Parisians are returning to cafes, bars and restaurants, determined that the Nov. 13 attacks won't alter the city's way of life. President Francois Hollande has told his compatriots that 'life must resumed in full,' asking: 'What would our country be without its cafes?'(AP Photo/Daniel Ochoa de Olza)
In this Nov. 17, 2015 picture people enjoy at 'Acqua e Farina', close to one of the spots of Friday's attacks in Paris. Parisians are returning to cafes, bars and restaurants, determined that the Nov. 13 attacks won't alter the city's way of life. President Francois Hollande has told his compatriots that 'life must resumed in full,' asking: 'What would our country be without its cafes?'(AP Photo/Daniel Ochoa de Olza)
In this Nov. 17, 2015 picture a woman enjoy dinner at 'Pizza, pour emporter' close to one of the spots of Friday's attacks in Paris. Parisians are returning to cafes, bars and restaurants, determined that the Nov. 13 attacks won't alter the city's way of life. President Francois Hollande has told his compatriots that 'life must resumed in full,' asking: 'What would our country be without its cafes?'(AP Photo/Daniel Ochoa de Olza)
In this Nov. 17, 2015 picture people enjoy dinner at 'La Plage' close to one of the spots of Friday's attacks in Paris. Parisians are returning to cafes, bars and restaurants, determined that the Nov. 13 attacks won't alter the city's way of life. President Francois Hollande has told his compatriots that 'life must resumed in full,' asking: 'What would our country be without its cafes?'(AP Photo/Daniel Ochoa de Olza)
In this Nov. 17, 2015 picture a people enjoy dinner at 'Le Petit Baiona' restaurant close to one of the spots of Friday's attacks in Paris.. Parisians are returning to cafes, bars and restaurants, determined that the Nov. 13 attacks won't alter the city's way of life. President Francois Hollande has told his compatriots that 'life must resumed in full,' asking: 'What would our country be without its cafes?'(AP Photo/Daniel Ochoa de Olza)
In this Nov. 17, 2015 picture people enjoy dinner at 'Creperie Bretonne' close to one of the spots of Friday's attacks in Paris. Parisians are returning to cafes, bars and restaurants, determined that the Nov. 13 attacks won't alter the city's way of life. President Francois Hollande has told his compatriots that 'life must resumed in full,' asking: 'What would our country be without its cafes?' (AP Photo/Daniel Ochoa de Olza)
In this Nov. 17, 2015 picture people enjoy dinner at 'Paris - Hanoi' close to one of the spots of Friday's attacks in Paris. Parisians are returning to cafes, bars and restaurants, determined that the Nov. 13 attacks won't alter the city's way of life. President Francois Hollande has told his compatriots that 'life must resumed in full,' asking: 'What would our country be without its cafes?'(AP Photo/Daniel Ochoa de Olza)
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Islamic State has claimed responsibility for the attacks, which targeted a concert hall, a stadium and several cafes.

President Barack Obama was at the White House to celebrate the U.S. holiday, according to his public schedule. A photo by the official White House photographer posted online earlier in the day showed Obama making phone calls to members of the U.S. military.

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The incident marks at least the third time someone has jumped the White House fence this year, and follows recent steps by the Secret Service to improve security there. Some measures included adding spikes to the top of the fence to make it harder for people to jump over.

The Washington Post cited a witness who took photos of the incident showing a U.S flag-draped man vaulting the fence and landing on the other side, arms outstretched.

One woman was arrested in July in a similar incident, and another person was arrested in April.

EARLIER: Other security mishaps at the White House:

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This handout photo provided by the US Secret Service appears to be a Parrot BeBop drone, seen in Lafayette Park across from the White House in Washington, Thursday, May 14, 2015. The U.S. Secret Service apprehended a man who was flying the small drone Thursday afternoon in a park outside the White House. (US Secret Service via AP)
An investigator from the U.S. Park Police carries bags of evidence in Lafayette Park near the White House May 14, 2015 in Washington, DC. A man was arrested after flying a remote control aerial vehicle over the fence on the north side of the White House. (Photo by Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images)
Investigators from the U.S. Park Police, the U.S. Secret Service, the D.C. Metropolitan Police Department and other law enforcement agencies collect evidence in Lafayette Park across the street from the White House May 14, 2015 in Washington, DC. A man was arrested after flying a remote control aerial vehicle over the fence on the north side of the White House. (Photo by Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images)
An investigator from the U.S. Park Police carries bags of evidence in Lafayette Park near the White House May 14, 2015 in Washington, DC. A man was arrested after flying a remote control aerial vehicle over the fence on the north side of the White House. (Photo by Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images)
Members of U.S. Secret Service Uniform Division keep people out of Lafayette Park as investigators collect evidence across the street from the White House May 14, 2015 in Washington, DC. A man was arrested after flying a remote control aerial vehicle over the fence on the north side of the White House. (Photo by Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images)
Members of U.S. Secret Service keep the public away from the White House May 14, 2015 in Washington, DC. The White House went on temporary lock down after a man was arrested after flying a remote control aerial vehicle over the fence on the north side of the White House. (Photo by Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images)
Investigators from the U.S. Park Police, the U.S. Secret Service, the D.C. Metropolitan Police Department and other law enforcement agencies collect evidence in Lafayette Park across the street from the White House May 14, 2015 in Washington, DC. A man was arrested after flying a remote control aerial vehicle over the fence on the north side of the White House. (Photo by Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images)
Uniformed Secret Service Police officers patrol on bikes near the White House in Washington, Thursday, May 14, 2015, during a lockdown. A federal law enforcement official says a man has been arrested after trying to launch a drone outside the White House fence. (AP Photo/Manuel Balce Ceneta)
Uniformed Secret Service Police officers stand watch at Lafayette Park near the White House in Washington, Thursday, May 14, 2015, during a lockdown. A federal law enforcement official says a man has been arrested after trying to launch a drone outside the White House fence. (AP Photo/Manuel Balce Ceneta)
A uniformed Secret Service Police officer holds visitors and pedestrians beyond the police line near the White House in Washington, Thursday, May 14, 2015, during a lockdown. A federal law enforcement official says a man has been arrested after trying to launch a drone outside the White House fence. (AP Photo/Manuel Balce Ceneta)
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