Man Arrested For Assaulting Officers... After Trying To Jump White House Fence
A 21-year-old man, Dayton Hershey, was arrested after trying to scale the security fence outside of the Treasury Building at the White House. Thankfully the man was stopped by the Secret Service but not before racking up some serious charges.
ABC reported that the Secret Service arrested a man who allegedly assaulted a police officer and tried to jump over the fence outside the White House late Friday.
The incident took place just after 9 p.m. on the northwest side of the Treasury Building on Pennsylvania Avenue, according to the U.S. Secret Service. The person was quickly arrested.
"The subject was immediately apprehended by Secret Service personnel and taken into custody," a Secret Service spokesperson said in a statement.
The man is being charged with assault on a police officer and unlawful entry, according to the Secret Service.
The Secret Service said there was "no impact to White House security operations."
This comes after Secret Service announced last week that construction to raise the security fence at the White House to 13-feet with wider and stronger pickets would begin in due course, reported the Associated Press. The current fence stands at 6-feet, 6 inches tall.
The construction project will cost about $64 million and improve security around the White House. The decision to build a taller fence was due to a series of security breaches, where people tried to illegally gain access to the White House by scaling its fences.
In September 2014, a Texas man carrying a knife made it into the White House after scaling the fence. This prompted security to place a second barrier made of metal bike racks in front of the current fence to prevent potential jumpers.
The price to raise4 the security fence might be a little costly but with the current political climate, it's clearly necessary. Especially since Dems have been unable to retract their negative narrative against the President and control their base.