Man With a Backpack Breaches White House Security, Makes it Within a Few Hundred Yards of Trump

A man was arrested after breaching White House security and was, according to CNN, within a few hundred yards of the President, who was there in the residence area of the White House. The President was never in harm’s way during the security breach, thanks to Secret Service apprehending the individual.

The man was wearing a backpack and was discovered by Secret Service just before midnight near the residence entrance on the south side of the White House (in the back). Agents believe he may have entered in on the east side. white house north south

As a result of the breach, Secret Service raised their security condition to orange, one of the highest levels.  CNN reported:

The suspect was arrested by the Secret Service and taken into custody.
The President was spending the weekend in Washington and was alerted to the incident late Friday night, an administration official said.
There have been numerous instances of people trespassing on the White House grounds over the last several years. 
In one notable instance in 2014, 42-year-old Omar Gonzales, of Copperas Cove, Texas, made it through the north portico doors with a three-and-a-half-inch folding knife in his pants pocket, according to the Secret Service. Gonzalez was apprehended just after making it inside the doors, the Secret Service said. The first family was not at the White House at the time.
In another, the Secret Service apprehended Joseph Caputo, of Stamford, Connecticut, on the North Lawn after he scaled the fence wearing an American flag-like cape while the first family was inside the residence celebrating Thanksgiving.

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