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White House Intruder, 9/19/2014

On Friday, September 19, 2014, at 7:20 PM Eastern Daylight Time, Omar Gonzalez, 42, got over the fence surrounding the White House, ran across the North Lawn and up the stairs of the North Portico, knocked over a guard, entered through an unlocked door, and ran through the main state floor of the White House until he was finally tackled by the original guard and a second guard.  He was carrying a folding knife and had 800 rounds of ammunition in his car.  He had passed a stairway leading up to the family residence, from which President Obama and his daughters had departed for Camp David just ten minutes earlier.  (The First Lady had departed for Camp David the previous day.)  

The Secret Service initially did not report how far Gonzalez had penetrated into the White House, nor that he had overpowered a guard, nor that an intruder alarm  near the White House ushers' room had been turned off at the ushers' request due to frequent alarms due to malfunctions.

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