Man arrested for charging White House had knife

Updated: 2014-09-21 10:18


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Man arrested for charging White House had knife

A US Secret Service agent with an automatic rifle hurries people to evacuate the White House complex over a security alert moments after President Barack Obama and his family left for the presidential retreat, Camp David, in Maryland, Sept 19, 2014. [Photo/Agencies]

WASHINGTON - Omar Gonzalez, the man arrested on Friday after climbing the fence at the White House and making his way into the executive mansion while President Barack Obama was away, was armed with a knife, the U.S. Attorney's Office said on Saturday.

Previously, the U.S. Secret Service had said Gonzalez was unarmed.

Gonzalez was charged with unlawfully entering a restricted building or grounds while carrying a "deadly or dangerous weapon," according to an affidavit released by the U.S. attorney's office.