Suspect in Custody After Jumping White House Barrier

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An individual is in custody after jumping over a barrier just south of the White House on Tuesday.

The suspect jumped over a concrete barrier along E St., according to the U.S. Secret Service’s Twitter account. The action caused the Secret Service to close the south fence line, a popular spot for tourist to take pictures of the White House.

Ten minutes after the initial alert, the Secret Service tweeted out "suspect in custody," adding that the Washington, D.C. police were en route to investigate a suspicious package.

A "final update" came in just over an hour later. The suspicious package had been cleared, and pedestrian traffic was "returned to normal," the Secret Service tweeted.

In March, the White House was put on lockdown after an individual jumped a bike-rack barrier on the perimeter of the residence. Security has been under particular scrutiny since 2014 when a man made it inside the East Room with a knife in his pocket, sparking a congressional investigation.

Charles Russell

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Charles Russell is a Media Analyst for the Washington Free Beacon. Before joining the Beacon he worked at America Rising and has spent several years on multiple campaigns. Charles can be reached at russell@freebeacon.com, his twitter handle is @charleswrussell.

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