Man who jumped White House fence facing charges: Secret Service

Man Jumps White House Fence on Thanksgiving

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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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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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.

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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)
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