Man arrested for trying to scale White House fence

SecreT Service arrest 54-year-old after he climbed a fence surrounding the executive mansion

WASHINGTON — A man accused of climbing over a White House fence was released from jail Monday after appearing in Superior Court in Washington.

Secret Service officers said they arrested 54-year-old Jerome R. Hunter of Sacramento, California, about 10:25 p.m. Sunday after he climbed over a fence surrounding the executive mansion. He was arrested on a misdemeanour charge of unlawful entry.

Monday, a judge released him on the condition that received a mental health evaluation. Hunt will also be required to be monitored with a GPS device and was ordered to stay away from the White House.

According to court records, Hunter was apprehended by uniformed Secret Service officials after he made it over the fence. He was carrying a bag that was later determined to not pose a threat.

Hunt is scheduled to appear in court again May 12.

The Secret Service has been beset by a series of security lapses, including an incident last Sept. 19 in which authorities said a man with a knife jumped a fence and ran inside the executive mansion, looking for the president. It was the sixth time someone had jumped the fence in 2014 and the 16th in the past five years, according to the Secret Service.