Man charged with jumping White House fence armed with ‘dangerous weapon’
WASHINGTON, D.C. — The man who Secret Service say hopped the White House fence late Friday night appeared in court Saturday on charges of entering restricted grounds while using or carrying a dangerous weapon.
The accused is Jonathan Tuan-Anh Tran, 26, of Santa Clara County in California, who was not authorized to be on White House grounds. Secret Service officer Wayne Azevedo stated in a sworn affidavit that during his routine patrolling of the White House around 11:30 on Friday night, he saw Tran walking inside exterior wall of the White House Mansion.
Officer Azevedo stated that Tran saw him, he walked away and toward the South Lawn. When he confronted Tran, who he writes was dressed in a hoodie and carrying a backpack, Tran reportedly said he was a friend of the President who “had an appointment” and then admitted he had jumped the fence.
Azevedo arrested Tran. He reports that a search of the suspect turned up two cans of mace, a U.S. passport, an Apple laptop, a book by Trump, and a letter written to Trump.
Azevedo says the letter was written by Tran, mentioned “Russian hackers”, alleged that Tran had been followed and his emails had been read, and said he had “been called schizophrenic”.
The officer concluded by stating that video surveillance footage showed Tran jumping a fence near the Treasury Building.