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Man apprehended trying to jump White House fence

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Secret Service personnel apprehended a man who tried to jump the White House fence on Friday.

Ed Donovan, a spokesman for the Secret Service, said the man attempted to climb over the north fence line.

“He was apprehended by Park Police and our Uniformed Division officers before he could get over. He had two bags with him that we are waiting for MPD [Metropolitan Police Department] to come over and screen,” said Donovan in a statement to the Washington Examiner.

The male suspect was not identified.

President Obama is away for a day trip to Michigan, where he signed the 2014 farm bill into law during an event in East Lansing, Michigan. He is scheduled to return this evening.

The Secret Service briefly placed the White House under lockdown. It is unclear, though, if any other members of the first family were at the White House during the attempted breach.

In October, an unarmed woman, Miriam Carey, was shot and killed by Capitol Police after attempting to ram her car through a White House security checkpoint and leading law enforcement on a chase.

This story was published at 3:54 p.m. and has been updated.

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