Suspect attempts to jump White House fence, gets ‘entangled’ on security features
WASHINGTON (ABC7) —
A woman attempted to scale the White House fence Tuesday evening, but didn’t make it all the way over due to security features, the Secret Service said in a statement to ABC7 News.
According to a police report, 38-year-old Marci Anderson Wahl of Evervett, Washington, tried to scale the fence to "speak with President Donald Trump."
Wahl attempted to jump over the southwest corner of the fence adjacent to E St. around 10:45 p.m., but became “entangled in the security features affixed to the top.” Secret Service confirmed she was suspended in the air on the inside of the fence.
A police report stated Wahl's shoelaces became entangled, forcing her upside-down.
Wahl apparently walked the White House complex multiple times, stopping and staring.
Secret Service said she was immediately apprehended by uniformed division officers and charged with unlawful entry. Police said Wahl also had a map of the White House on her. They did not state how detailed the map was.
Wahl was transported for processing.
This attempt at scaling the fence comes days after a man successfully jumped over the fence, and was reportedly on the White House grounds for 15 minutes before being captured.
Officials told ABC7 News a possible security enhancement under consideration is increasing the size of the White House fence from nearly 12 feet to 13 feet.
This story has been updated.