"Dogs got him."
That was the written update sent to reporters by Secret Service spokesman Edwin Donovan following news that yet another man had jumped the fence (now fences) at the White House on Wednesday night. The jumper, identified as 23-year-old Dominic Adesanya of Bel Air, Maryland, was unarmed and, unlike a recent infamous intruder, did not make it into the residence.
The two dogs–K-9s named Hurricane and Jordan–attacked Adesanya, and after a struggle in which he punched one of the dogs, Secret Service officers subdued the man and arrested him.
The latest breach at the White House is the seventh fence-jumping incident of 2014 and comes just over three weeks after Julia Pierson resigned following a series of embarrassing blunders by the once-elite security force. It concluded an unsettling day marked by heightened alert in Washington after the shooting outside the Canadian Parliament in Ottawa.
Adesanya was charged with two counts of assault on a police officer K9 (yes, that is its own crime), four counts of resisting arrest and unlawful entry, and one felony count of making threats. He remains in custody because of outstanding warrants.
Adesanya made it over a second, temporary layer of fencing added last month in front of the White House's wrought-iron fence. A panel is now reviewing more permanent changes to the complex's perimeter.