Woman prompts lengthy White House lockdown

June 10th, 2009 - 1:13 pm ICT by admin  

WASHINGTON, D.C. (BNO NEWS) — A woman jumped a fence onto White House property on Tuesday, sparking a lockdown of the building which lasted for nearly two hours, the Secret Service told BNO News.

The incident began at 3.17 p.m. local time when a woman jumped a White House fence near the U.S. Treasury building, said Secret Service spokesman Darren Blackford. The woman was immediately taken into custody by the Secret Service uniform division and has since been identified as Pamela Morgan, 56-years-old. She has been taken to the Metropolitan Police Department’s third district for processing.

The White House, while President Obama was reportedly inside, immediately went into a security lockdown after the woman jumped the fence. Blackford said she dropped a backpack when she entered the restricted area, causing the lockdown to continue for nearly two hours. The backpack was determined to be safe at 4.54 p.m. local time.

Blackford said it is unclear why she jumped the fence and said that secret service agents are currently interviewing the woman. No useful information which could explain her actions were found inside the backpack. “Everything should be back to normal at the White House,” he added.

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