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Latest White House fence jumper faces felony charges

  • Secret Service respond on the North Lawn of the White House after a man jumped the White House fence, Wednesday, Oct. 22, 2014, in Washington. The Secret Service apprehended the man who jumped over the White House fence. This latest incident comes about a month after a previous White House fence jumper sprinted across the lawn, past armed uniformed agents and entered the mansion. (AP Photo/Jacquelyn Martin)

    Secret Service respond on the North Lawn of the White House after a man jumped the White House fence, Wednesday, Oct. 22, 2014, in Washington. The Secret Service apprehended the man who jumped over the White House fence. This latest incident comes about a month after a previous White House fence jumper sprinted across the lawn, past armed uniformed agents and entered the mansion. (AP Photo/Jacquelyn Martin)

  • FILE - In this Sept. 20, 2104 file photo uniformed Secret Service officers walk along the lawn on the North side of the White House in Washington, Saturday, Sept. 20, 2014. The Secret Service is coming under intense scrutiny after a man who hopped the White House fence made it all the way through the front door before being apprehended. The US Secret Service and National Park Service have been discussing possible changes to the security infrastructure on roads and parks around the White House. The Secret Service is deciding whether to permanently close the Ellipse and other roadways, which have been closed since 9/11.(AP Photo/Susan Walsh, File)

    FILE - In this Sept. 20, 2104 file photo uniformed Secret Service officers walk along the lawn on the North side of the White House in Washington, Saturday, Sept. 20, 2014. The Secret Service is coming under intense scrutiny after a man who hopped the White House fence made it all the way through the front door before being apprehended. The US Secret Service and National Park Service have been discussing possible changes to the security infrastructure on roads and parks around the White House. The Secret Service is deciding whether to permanently close the Ellipse and other roadways, which have been closed since 9/11.(AP Photo/Susan Walsh, File)

  • Sept. 22, 2014: Omar Gonzalez, left, poses for a photo in his Army uniform with then-sister-in-law Nancy Hoover and her husband

    Sept. 22, 2014: Omar Gonzalez, left, poses for a photo in his Army uniform with then-sister-in-law Nancy Hoover and her husband  (AP Photo/Nancy Hoover)

A month after Omar Gonzalez was charged with jumping a White House fence and carrying a knife into the White House, a 23-year-old Maryland man is in custody after he also climbed over the fence Wednesday night.

The Maryland man was swiftly apprehended on the North Lawn by uniformed Secret Service agents and their dogs.

This week, a federal judge delayed Gonzalez's arraignment of because of questions about his mental fitness to stand trial.

Gonzalez has been indicted on several charges, including of carrying a knife into the White House and assaulting two Secret Service officers.

Secret Service spokesman Brian Leary said a man he identified as Dominic Adesanya of Bel Air, Maryland, climbed the north fence line at about 7:16 p.m. and was taken into custody immediately by uniformed agents and K-9 teams that constantly patrol the grounds.

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The incident came about a month after a previous White House fence jumper carrying a knife sprinted across the same lawn, past armed uniformed agents and entered the mansion before he was felled in the ceremonial East Room and taken into custody.

That embarrassing Sept. 19 incident preceded the disclosure of other serious Secret Service breaches in security for President Barack Obama and ultimately led to Julia Pierson's resignation as director of the agency after 18 months on the job.

Obama was at the White House at the time of Wednesday's incident.

Adesanya was unarmed when he was arrested, Leary said. Charges were pending.
Two dogs were taken to a veterinarian for injuries sustained during the incident, Leary added.

Video of the incident recorded by TV news cameras shows a man in white shorts on the lawn just inside the fence. The man lifts his shirt as if to show that he is unarmed, then is seen kicking and punching two Secret Service dogs that were released on him.

Adesanya was taken to a local hospital, Leary said, without elaboration.

After Pierson resigned, an agent who once led Obama's protective detail came out of retirement to lead the Secret Service until Obama names a new director, pending the completion of internal and independent reviews of agency practices.

The latest security breach occurred the same day that a gunman went on a rampage in the Canadian capital of Ottawa.

Based on a story by The Associated Press.

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