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Secret Service Re-Evaluates Security After Breaches At White House

The White House fence jumper who scaled the gate on Friday with a knife also had 800 rounds of ammunition, a machete, and two hatchets in his car.

According to a White House spokesperson, President Obama is “obviously concerned” about the incident, which has resulted in a beef up of Secret Service security around the perimeter of the presidential mansion.

A second but temporary layer of fence was also set up along the north side of the White House.

According to the Washington Post: 

Omar Jose Gonzalez, 42, formerly of Copperas Cove, Tex., appeared before U.S. Magistrate Judge John M. Facciola of the District on one charge of unlawfully entering a restricted building or grounds while carrying a deadly or dangerous weapon.

After a 15-minute hearing, Facciola ordered Gonzalez held until Oct. 1, pending revocation of bond by authorities in an unrelated July 19 incident in Wythe County, Va. In that case, he was arrested while allegedly carrying a sawed-off shotgun, two sniper rifles and several other firearms, as well as a map of the Washington area with the Masonic Temple in Alexandria, Va., circled and a line pointed toward the White House, a local prosecutor said.

Secret Service has also increased foot patrols in the area following the disturbing incident. An investigation into the breach continues.

SOURCE: AP, Washington Post | PHOTO CREDIT: Getty

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