A screaming intruder made it onto the front lawn of the White House Sunday while President Bush was at home before being apprehended by Secret Service officers.
Secret Service spokesman Eric Zahren identified the man as 40-year-old Brian Lee Patterson, whose last known address was in Albuquerque, N.M. Patterson has been caught trying to get onto the White House grounds at least three times before, Zahren said.
The bearded man, wearing blue jeans and a white T-shirt that said “God Bless America,” jumped the fence outside the White House and ran across the north lawn while repeatedly yelling, “I am a victim of terrorism!”
Members of the Secret Service emergency response team, including one holding a barking dog, chased Patterson with their guns drawn and surrounded him near the row of cameras set up for television stand-ups.
“I have intelligence information for the president,” he said, waving his arms in the air. “I’m not afraid of you,” Patterson screamed at the officers who were ordering him to the ground with guns drawn.
Patterson eventually kneeled on the ground and was taken into custody shortly before 4 p.m. He cut his hand jumping the fence and was taken to George Washington University hospital for treatment and was to appear in court Monday, Zahren said.
Zahren said Patterson was charged with unlawful entry for the last time he jumped the fence, in February. He faces the same charge for Sunday’s incident and also a contempt of court charge for violating judge’s orders to stay away from the White House.