CNN reports that Dominic Adesanya, a 23-year-old Bel Air, Md., resident, allegedly managed to jump over the “secured” White House’s “secured” fence on Wednesday. Adesanya made it all the way to the North Lawn before Secret Service agents nabbed, cuffed and charged him with four counts of resisting and unlawful entry and one count of making threats.
According to CNN, Adesanya reportedly entered the premises at around 7:16 p.m., running about 20 yards past the security fence that surrounds part of the White House. The incident resulted in two Secret Service K-9 dogs reportedly sustaining injuries while trying to subdue Adesanya.
In addition to the dogs, Adesanya allegedly kicked one officer and punched the other. Despite Adesanya reportedly not having any weapons on him, both dogs were taken to a veterinarian for evaluation and treatment.
For security purposes the White House press corps. and photographers were locked inside the residence during the attempted break-in as a precaution.
The incident is the latest in a string of security breaches involving the Secret Service. Media sources note the incident, which involved Omar J. Gonzalez, a U.S. military decorated vet who was apprehended by the Secret Service just a few feet from the Obama family’s living room. Although the first family was away during the break-in, questions have been raised regarding security protocol at the White House and the Secret Service’s ability to carry them out.
As for Adesanya, his father, Victor, revealed to a CNN affiliate that his son is mentally unstable in addition to reportedly being labeled a “paranoid schizophrenic.” Victor also revealed that his son had been prescribed antidepressants and other drugs that he refuses to take.
The attempted break-in wasn’t the first time Adesanya came close to entering the White House.
“He had done it before. … He didn’t get that close,” Victor told CNN while mentioning how his son was arrested over the summer at a location near the White House and charged with a misdemeanor.. “He didn’t cross the fence. He was at the gate, fussing at the people, wanting to talk to the President to tell the President about his situation.”
While it may have looked like a threat, Victor maintains that his son meant no harm to the President.
“He doesn’t understand, you know, his problem is not the President, you know, his problem is in his head,” the father said. “And he don’t [sic] want help, but we can’t get him help, but we think he needs to be forced to get the help.”