As officials investigate two very serious breaches at the White House, the U.S. Secret Service, as The Inquisitr had reported earlier, has beefed up security at the presidential residence. Officials are also reviewing security protocols to make the White House more secure, reports KHOU.
In one of the two separate instances of security breach at the White House, on Friday a man who was later identified as Omar Gonzalez, 42, was able to scramble over the White House fence and made a dash towards secure areas. In another incident, a man in a vehicle failed to stop at an entrance to the complex. These two separate instances of security breaches at the White House seem to have set alarm bells ringing within the U.S. Security establishments.
While initial reports regarding Omar Gonzalez’s arrest claimed that he was unarmed at the time, it is now being told that he was indeed armed with a knife. According to a criminal complaint filed on Friday night, Gonzalez was in possession of a small folding knife with a 3-and-a-half-inch serrated blade.
Describing the events if Friday, Secret Service spokesman Ed Donovan says, “This situation was a little different than other incidents we have at the White House. There will be a thorough investigation into the incident.”
Following his arrest, Gonzalez was charged with unlawful entry into the White House complex. He was shifted to a hospital following his arrest after complaining of chest pains. Following interrogation, Gonzalez allegedly revealed that he did what he did because he needed to “contact the president” and tell him how concerned he was about the collapsing atmosphere in the U.S. He said he also needed to get the word out to the people.
As mentioned in a previous report by The Inquisitr, only minutes before the incident, President Obama, along with his daughters and a friend, had boarded his helicopter from the South Lawn of the White House for a weekend trip to Camp David. Michelle Obama too was not at the White House at the time of the incident, and had traveled separately to Camp David to join them.
In the other incident that happened the next day, a man identified as Kevin Carr, 19, of Shamong, New Jersey, first arrived on one of the White House gates on foot – and subsequently in his car. He later refused to leave the premises and was subsequently arrested for unlawful entry.
[Image Via Wikimedia Commons]