2nd Man Accused of Jumping White House Fence Has Mental Issues, Father Says

Stephen A. Crockett Jr.
Dominic Adesanya

The White House was put on lockdown Wednesday after a man scaled the north fence. The jumper was quickly apprehended after a K-9 unit caught him shortly after he made it onto the ground.

According to ABC News, at 7:16 p.m., Dominic Adesanya, 23, of Bel Air, Md., was spotted on the North Lawn and security dogs were released. He reportedly tried to fight with one dog, kicking at the canine, but a second dog subdued him. He was taken to a nearby hospital, Secret Service spokesman Ed Donovan told ABC News.


"Adesanya has been charged with two counts of felony assault on a police officer for attacking the K-9 dogs, four counts of resisting and unlawful entry, and one count of making threats," Brian Leary, a Secret Service spokesman, told CNN.

Authorities noted that Adesanya was unarmed at the time of his arrest.

Adensanya's father, who did not want to be named, told ABC 2 News that his son suffers from paranoia and hears voices. He also said that his son had previously been arrested at the White House. "He had done it before. … He didn't get that close," Adensanya's father told the news station. "He didn't cross the fence. He was at the gate, fussing at the people, wanting to talk to the president, to tell the president about his situation."

The father told ABC 2 that he had asked the government for help regarding his son's situation but had yet to receive anything. He did not note specifically which agencies he had spoken with.

"It's hard to be in your house and not know if the person you're living with is trustworthy and to know they're mentally disturbed like he is," Adensanya's father told the news station.

The latest fence-jumping comes after a knife-wielding Iraq War veteran, Omar Gonzalez, reportedly hopped the fence and made it all the way into the White House's East Room before he was apprehended by an off-duty agent, ABC News reports.

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