Secret Service limits sidewalk access south of White House

Barsaba Taglieri
Aprile 21, 2017

The man later identified as Jonathan Tuan-Anh Tran, 26, of Milpitas, California, scaled the south fence on March 10 and walked the grounds for about 16 minutes before being arrested, according to the agency. He looked through White House windows and managed to "rattle the door handle" before he was caught, Rep. Jason Chaffetz, chairman of the House Oversight Committee, told The Associated Press.

In 2014, a second barricade was erected on the northern side of the building in response to a fence-jumper who was able to run through the doorway of the building while carrying a knife.

"The Secret Service must continually evaluate security protocols and continually balance the security of our protected persons and facilities with the public's ability to access them", Milhoan said in a statement.

Under the new proposal, the popular and often-crowded sidewalk bordering the south lawn will be permanently closed to the public beginning at 11 p.m., Wednesday, pushing tourists to the north edge of the 52-acre park known as the Ellipse.

Less than a week later, a woman was arrested after she got her shoelaces tangled after trying to jump the White House fence.

Two Secret Service agents were later fired over the matter, the agency said last week.

There's a plan for a significantly taller fence with "pencil point" anti-climb fixtures, but construction isn't slated to start until next year. "It's just a few feet further back". No additional physical barriers will be installed.

On the map below, the upper arc represents the old fence line; the lower arc represents the new boundary for the public.

The incident prompted the firing of two uniformed officers on duty at the time of the late-night intrusion. They include sidewalks, roadways and parkland areas between the south fence line of the White House and E Street NW, between West Executive Avenue and East Executive Avenue.

Milhoan said the area provides little area for officers to maneuver.

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