One man is in custody after he reportedly drove up to a White House security checkpoint and claimed to have a bomb in his vehicle on Saturday night, law enforcement officials told CNN.
A statement from the Secret Service confirmed that an individual drove his vehicle to the checkpoint at 11:05 p.m. After contact with uniformed agents, the Secret Service detained the individual and “declared his vehicle suspicious.”
The statement said a criminal investigation was ongoing, but did not mention any explosive devices.
#BREAKING A car drove up to a White House checkpoint- driver claimed to have a bomb. Area around WH closed off. pic.twitter.com/ooLZeADBUC— Ryan Nobles (@ryanobles) March 19, 2017
MORE- The person driving the car is in custody and the vehicle is currently being checked, the sources said.— Ryan Nobles (@ryanobles) March 19, 2017
Ryan Nobles, a CNN reporter who was on the scene, said that a robot and bomb squad member was inspecting the trunk of suspect’s car “almost three hours” after the incident began.
Shortly after midnight, Nobles tweeted that suspect’s car was still running and parked at the checkpoint .
NEW: from the viewfinder of @abdallahcnn. A robot inspects the trunk of the suspect's car. Still parked outside the White House. pic.twitter.com/WJsr1gejYQ— Ryan Nobles (@ryanobles) March 19, 2017
DC fire crews standing by near White House while the car is checked pic.twitter.com/qZNVzV28Wq— Steve Brusk (@stevebruskCNN) March 19, 2017
This was the second security incident to occur at the White House that day.
On Saturday afternoon, Secret Service agents arrested an individual who reportedly jumped over a bike rack in an attempt to reach the White House, CBS News reported. The individual was apprehended before reaching the White House fence along Pennsylvania Avenue.
President Donald Trump was in Florida at the time of both incidents.
Individual jumped bike rack on Pennsylvania Ave, not @WhiteHouse fence. Great response by @SecretService— Sean Spicer (@PressSec) March 18, 2017
Last week, a man identified as Jonathan T. Tran was arrested after he climbed over a fence and reached the exterior of the White House carrying two cans of Mace and a letter for President Trump, according to the Washington Post.
Tran reportedly spent 15 minutes on White House grounds before he was apprehended. — This feed and its contents are the property of The Huffington Post, and use is subject to our terms. It may be used for personal consumption, but may not be distributed on a website.