White House Fence Jumper Had 800 Rounds of Ammo

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A member of the Secret Service Uniformed Division with a K-9 walks along the perimeter fence along Pennsylvania Avenue outside the White House in Washington, Monday, Sept. 22, 2014.
Image: Carolyn Kaster/Associated Press

Investigators found more than 800 rounds of ammunition, a machete and two hatchets in the car belonging to the man who allegedly jumped the White House fence, a federal prosecutor said Monday.

The intruder, Omar J. Gonzalez, managed to jump over the north fence of the White House on Friday and escaped capture until he was inside the North Portico entrance of the presidential mansion.

The event led to a rare evacuation of much of the White House. Obama and his family were headed to Camp David when the breach occurred Friday evening. In a federal court proceeding, Assistant U.S. Attorney David Mudd said that the accused intruder was a danger to the president.

Gonzalez, a 42-year-old Army veteran from Copperas Cove, Texas, faces charges of entering a restricted building or grounds while carrying a deadly or dangerous weapon. The Army says Gonzalez served from 1997 until his discharge in 2003, and again from 2005 to December 2012, when he retired due to disability.

Omar Gonzalez

Omar Gonzalez pictured in 2009.

The Secret Service didn’t open fire on Gonzalez or send attack dogs after him.

Despite the security breach, President Barack Obama said on Monday that the Secret Service does “a great job.” The president also said he is grateful for the “sacrifices” the service performs on his behalf and on behalf of his family.

The Secret Service has launched a review of security practices. Earlier, White House spokesman Josh Earnest said Obama has complete confidence in the Secret Service.

Less than 24 hours after Gonzalez’s arrest, a second man was taken into custody after he drove up to a White House gate and refused to leave, Secret Service spokesman Ed Donovan said. Bomb technicians in full gear searched the vehicle as agents briefly shut down nearby streets.

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