Armed White House Fence Jumper to Appear in Court Today

Omar Gonzalez, the man who jumped the Pennsylvania Avenue fence outside the White House and ran through the building while evading Secret Service agents, is set to appear in court today.

Gonzalez, an Iraq war veteran, was believed to pose a threat to President Obama. He entered carrying a pocket knife, but was keeping 800 rounds of ammunition, two hatchets and a machete in his car, which was parked only blocks away.

A judge has ordered a mental health evaluation to determine whether Gonzalez was competent to stand trial.

Gonzalez faces multiple charges, including two federal charges of assaulting officers, entering a restricted building while carrying a dangerous weapon (the pocket knife), and other city charges related to possession of weapons and ammunition, some of which are illegal in the District of Columbia.

He pleaded not guilty, earlier in October, and waived his right to a detention hearing. He remains in federal custody.

Gonzalez’s unimpeded run into the front doors of the White House spurred the resignation of Secret Service director, Julia Pierson. Former agent Joseph Clancy has been named as interim Secret Service director, and the Department of Homeland Security is currently conducting an independent investigation of the agency.

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