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Archive for Monday, April 10, 2006

Intruder scales fence at the White House

April 10, 2006

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— A screaming intruder made it onto the front lawn of the White House on Sunday while President Bush was at home before being apprehended by Secret Service officers.

Secret Service spokesman Eric Zahren identified the man as 40-year-old Brian Lee Patterson, whose last known address was in Albuquerque, N.M. Patterson has been caught trying to get onto the White House grounds at least three times before, Zahren said.

The bearded man, wearing blue jeans and a white T-shirt that said "God Bless America," jumped the fence outside the White House and ran across the north lawn while repeatedly yelling, "I am a victim of terrorism!"

Members of the Secret Service emergency response team, including one holding a barking dog, chased Patterson and surrounded him. He was taken into custody shortly before 4 p.m.

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