Man charged with scaling White House fence to undergo psychiatric exam

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WASHINGTON (Reuters) -- A Connecticut man charged with scaling the White House fence draped in the U.S. flag was ordered on Friday to undergo a psychiatric evaluation after officials say they found a suicide note and will.

The suspect, Joseph Caputo, 23, of Stamford, triggered a lockdown of the White House on Thanksgiving Day with President Barack Obama inside, according to his public schedule.

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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 incident marks at least the third time someone has jumped the White House fence this year. It follows steps by the Secret Service to improve security there.

Caputo was silent during the five-minute hearing before District of Columbia Superior Court Magistrate Judge Errol Arthur. After the psychiatric exam, Caputo is scheduled to appear before a federal magistrate on Monday.

He was wearing a long-sleeved T-shirt, white pants and U.S.-flag tennis shoes, and was shackled and handcuffed. His lawyer, Paul Signet, declined to comment.

A criminal complaint said Caputo raced toward the White House until stopped by Secret Service officers.

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Caputo told one of the officers, "I love my country" and "I knew I would be locked up," the document said. A search of Caputo turned up a USB flash drive in the form of a Captain America comic character's shield, a guide to the Constitution and weightlifting gloves.

Agents interviewed two acquaintances of Caputo in Virginia with whom he had stayed since Monday. He had left behind two letters, one of them a suicide note, the filing said.

The second letter was intended to exonerate the acquaintances from anything Caputo might do, the document said. He also left a will with his mother in Connecticut and an audio message saying he might not be able to see her again.

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A member of the United States Secret Service Uniformed Division looks out over Pennsylvania Avenue as he stands in front of a temporary barrier in front of the White House in Washington, Friday, Oct. 3, 2014. For sightseers looking for a glimpse of the White House, an iron security fence is now part of their photographs. In the past two weeks, √ʬĬútemporary√Ę¬Ä¬Ě barriers have been installed to push the public back from the gate after an intruder jumped the fence and ran inside the executive mansion. (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster)
Jenna Scheidt, of Fairfax, Va., left, and Abby Loss of Eau Claire, Wis., lean against a temporary barrier along Pennsylvania Avenue in front of the White House in Washington, Friday, Oct. 3, 2014. For sightseers looking for a glimpse of the White House, an iron security fence is now part of their photographs. In the past two weeks, √ʬĬútemporary√Ę¬Ä¬Ě barriers have been installed to push the public back from the gate after an intruder jumped the fence and ran inside the executive mansion. (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster)
The White House is seen through the North Lawn perimeter fence in Washington, Tuesday, Sept. 23, 2014. An intruder managed to jump the north fence of the White House and escape capture until he was inside the North Portico entrance of the White House. (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster)
A Secret Service agent gives directions during an evacuation from the White House minutes after President Barack Obama departed for Camp David aboard Marine One on Friday, Sept. 19, 2014, in Washington. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci)
Uniformed Secret Service officers walk along the lawn on the North side of the White House in Washington, Saturday, Sept. 20, 2014. The Secret Service is coming under intense scrutiny after a man who hopped the White House fence made it all the way through the front door before being apprehended. (AP Photo/Susan Walsh)
The iron perimeter fence lines the South Lawn of the White House, in Washington, Monday, Sept. 22, 2014. An intruder managed to jump the north fence of the White House and escape capture until he was inside the North Portico entrance of the White House. (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster)
Uniformed Secret Service officers walk along the lawn on the North side of the White House in Washington, Saturday, Sept. 20, 2014. The Secret Service is coming under renewed scrutiny after a man scaled the White House fence and made it all the way through the front door before he was apprehended. (AP Photo/Susan Walsh)
A Belgian Malinois dog, part of the Secret Service√ʬĬôs K-9 unit used for security at the White House, stands with members of the Secret Service on the North Lawn of the White House Friday, Oct. 24, 2014, in Washington. Jordan, 5, a black and tan Belgian Malinois, and Hurricane, 6, a black Belgian Malinois, helped to stop a fence jumping intruder at the White House on Wednesday night. (AP Photo/Jacquelyn Martin)
A Belgian Malinois dog, part of the Secret Service√ʬĬôs K-9 unit used for security at the White House, playfully greets a member of the Secret Service police on the North Lawn of the White House Friday, Oct. 24, 2014, in Washington. Jordan, 5, a black and tan Belgian Malinois, and Hurricane, 6, a black Belgian Malinois, helped to stop a fence jumping intruder at the White House on Wednesday night. (AP Photo/Jacquelyn Martin)
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