One man with a backpack that contained mace as well as a letter addressed to President Donald Trump had been arrested on Friday night following his breaching of security on the White House grounds, only to be discovered by one Secret Service agent near the building’s south entrance leading to the residence section, say officials.
The incident occurred shortly before midnight as the president was inside of the White House.
The suspect was identified by court records to be Jonathan T. Tran, 26 years old, from California, and he said to the officers of the Secret Service that he came to the White House to go to the President.
“No, I am a friend of the President. I have an appointment,” said Tran when he was approached by the officer, reported Washington’s Metropolitan Police Department Saturday.
When asked how the man managed to get there, Tran stated to officers: “I jumped the fence.”
The officers who arrested him discovered two mace cans and his passport in Tran’s backpack. The man appeared in the D.C. Superior Court just before 5 p.m. and wore khakis and a blue hooded sweatshirt.
He said only a few words, saying “yes” when officers told him his rights. He will face an unlawful entry charge and be arraigned Monday in federal court.
The judge stated that there is probably cause for holding Tran because the man is a flight risk, possibly also being a danger to public and the community.
One agent from the Secret Service, Wayne Azevedo, stated in the written complaint how during the search at the time of the arrest, “two cans of mace were found on Tran, including one his jacket pocket. Tran was also carrying among other things, a United States passport, an Apple laptop computer, a book written by President Trump, and a letter he had written to President Trump.”
Azevedo stated that “in the letter, Tran mentioned Russian hackers and said he had information of relevance. Tran alleged that he had been followed, and his ‘phone and email communications (had been) read by third parties,’ and that he had ‘been called schizophrenic.'”