Wednesday, February 25, 2004

Brian Patterson

After discovering the dearth of material on the web about fence jumpers at the White House, I have decided to track them here. So, without further ado, we start today:

"I'm a victim of terrorism!" The man scaled a fence along Pennsylvania Avenue and ran about halfway across the North Lawn before he was surrounded by uniformed Secret Service officers and led away in handcuffs .... A photographer for The Associated Press, who witnessed the incident shortly after 5 p.m. EST, said the man was shouting, "I'm a victim of terrorism and I need the president's help."

Update: Identified himself by the name Brian Patterson. The man, dressed in jeans, a beige jacket and sunglasses, climbed the black wrought-iron fence along Pennsylvania Avenue about 5pm on Wednesday and was quickly brought down by a security dog as Secret Service agents approached with guns drawn...."He has been arrested, taken into custody and is currently being questioned."