Arkansas Man Jumps Fence At White House

December 4, 2005--posted at 10:45 p.m. CST

WASHINGTON -- A man from Arkansas scaled the fence surrounding the White House today while President Bush was inside. The man identified as Shawn A Cox was immediately captured by Secret Service officers.

Secret Service spokesman Jonathan Cherry says Cox was being charged with unlawful entry and was expected to appear tomorrow in U.S. District Court.

Cherry says he does not know where Cox is from in Arkansas or why he wanted to get on the White House grounds. He did not have a weapon.

Bush was at home when Cox climbed the fence on the northeast side of the property around lunchtime. Uniformed Secret Service officers stood by with guns drawn while an agent escorted Cox to a guard station. Cox was wearing a sweatshirt. He was unshaven and
his pants were wet and dirty from where he was brought to the ground. He did not answer a journalist's question about why he jumped the fence.

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