2014 White House fence jumper
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On October 22, 2014, Dominic Adesanya jumped over the fence surrounding the White House and ran onto the North Lawn before being stopped by Secret Service K-9s and officers. Adesanya was charged with unlawfully entering restricted grounds and injuring the two dogs that subdued him. The incident occurred one month following another intrusion at the White House.
Dominic Adesanya, a man of Nigerian descent from Bel Air, Maryland, was aged twenty-three at the time of the incident. For more than a year prior, he had been experiencing mental health problems. Despite being diagnosed with paranoia and "[complaining] about cameras everywhere", Adesanya never sought treatment. In July 2014, Adesanya climbed over a security barrier near the White House and made threats to jump over its fence.
Following the October incident, media outlets published details about Adesanya's educational background and online presence. He graduated from Fallston High School in 2009. His LinkedIn profile listed his alma maters as Stevenson University, where he ran track and left in December 2013 after less than one year, and Hartford Community College; he studied business administration and management at both institutions and received an associate degree from the latter. He also listed his profession as “American Slave” or “Ha Ha” at Rothschild. His Instagram account featured "typical" pictures, but also included one of him wearing a gas mask and another of the Washington Monument with the caption, "DC. I’m ready to run and you’re making me crawl." He also posted several comments against President Barack Obama, including one which advocated for the President's impeachment.
The fence jumping incident occurred one month following a White House intrusion.
Around 7:15pm on October 22, 2014, Adesanya jumped over the fence surrounding the White House and ran onto the North Lawn before being stopped by Secret Service K-9s and officials. He was unarmed and tackled about 20 yards past the fence. Television news cameras captured the incident on video, which showed Adesanya lifting his shirt at one point to demonstrate that he was unarmed. The White House went under lockdown for 90 minutes following Adesanya's apprehension.
Adesanya received dog bites across his body. The two dogs—Jordan, a black and tan Belgian Malinois, aged 5, and Hurricane, a black Belgian Malinois, aged 6—suffered injuries. but were treated by a veterinarian and returned to duty a few days later. Jordan and Hurricane were "hailed as heroes" and, according to The Seattle Times, "accomplished something humans in the agency have been hard-pressed to do recently: They performed their duties flawlessly and at least for a day lifted the morale of a Secret Service that has been rocked by series of embarrassing incidents."
Adesanya was charged with two counts of felony assault (for injuring the two dogs that subdued him), four counts of resisting arrest and unlawful entry of restricted grounds, and one count of making a threat. He was ordered to undergo mental screening by magistrate judge Deborah Robinson.
Following the incident, Adesanya's father Victor shared details about his son's mental health problems and insisted he never meant to cause harm to the President. In an interview with The Baltimore Sun, Victor defended his son by saying, "He's not a criminal, he's just mentally disturbed".
On October 27, Adesanya was removed from his court appearance following an outburst which occurred after the federal magistrate judge John Facciola confirmed that a psychologist found him incompetent to stand trial during a preliminary psychiatric screening. Adesanya reportedly vocalized the judge's word "incompetent?" repeatedly, prompting the judge to reread the report which said he was unable to understand the charges filed against him. The suspect shouted "stop, you're not gonna do this to me!" and started to wrestle with U.S Marshals. While being carried out by officers, Adesanya screamed that he was a "targeted individual" and asked for help. He last shouted, "somebody help me, please!, it's a scheme!", before being taken to an obscured secure hallway. He was not wearing handcuffs or legcuffs, even though he had displayed resistance an earlier court proceeding. Judge Facciola ordered Adesanya to receive 45 days of psychiatric evaluation and treatment, and to return to court on December 22.
- White House intruders
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