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intruder reaches front lawn of white house

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WASHINGTON (April 9) - A screaming intruder made it onto the front lawn of the White House Sunday while President Bush was at home before being apprehended by Secret Service officers.


Secret Service spokesman Eric Zahren described the man as "someone who has come to our attention in the past as a fence jumper."


The bearded man, wearing blue jeans and a white T-shirt that said "God Bless America," jumped the fence outside the White House and ran across the north lawn while repeatedly yelling, "I am a victim of terrorism!"


Members of the Secret Service emergency response team, including one holding a barking dog, chased the man with their guns drawn and surrounded him near the row of cameras set up for television stand-ups.


"I have intelligence information for the president," he said, waving his arms in the air. "I'm not afraid of you," he screamed at the officers who were ordering him to the ground with guns drawn.


The man eventually kneeled on the ground and was taken into custody shortly before 4 p.m.



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