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White House Fence-Jumper Prompts Lockdown, Again

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FILE - The White House is pictured in Washington D.C.

FILE - The White House is pictured in Washington D.C.

A 23-year-old man is in police custody Thursday after he climbed over a White House fence, prompting a lockdown at the U.S. presidential compound in the second such security breach since September.

A Secret Service spokesman said Dominic Adesanya, a Maryland resident, was apprehended after security staff and dogs caught him around 7 p.m. local time.

The intruder reportedly kicked at the dogs; two were taken to a veterinarian to be treated for injuries sustained during the incident, according to the spokesman.

Adesanya’s father told a local TV station that his son suffered from paranoia and believed he was under surveillance.

No charges have yet been announced in the case.

In a similar scene last month, Omar Gonzalez, a 42-year-old Army vet, allegedly ran across the lawn and into the White House while armed with a knife before being detained.

He also had more than 800 rounds of ammunition, two hatchets and a machete in his car. Gonzalez faces is accused of "assaulting, resisting, or impeding" U.S. Secret Service agents.

The unprecedented security breach led to congressional hearings and the resignation of Julia Pierson as Secret Service director.

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