White House intruder on grounds 16 minutes before arrest

The White House has seen a string of high-profile trespassing incidents in recent years. AFP File Photo

WASHINGTON: A man who scaled a White House fence earlier this month traipsed the grounds of the executive residence for more than 16 minutes prior to his arrest, the US Secret Service said.

The trespasser breached the grounds while the president was in the Washington mansion just before midnight on March 10.

The individual managed to climb over an outer perimeter fence, scale a vehicle gate and hop another fence near the southeast corner of the White House’s East Wing before he was...

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