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White House Fence Jumper Deemed Not Competent for Trial



    White House Fence Jumper Deemed Not Competent for Trial
    Art Lien

    A Maryland man who jumped the White House fence last week and was stopped by Secret Service dogs has been deemed not competent to stand trial.

    Dominic Adesanya, 23, jumped the White House fence Wednesday. He had been wanted on a bench warrant for similar incidents over the summer.

    Adesanya appeared in U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia on Monday afternoon, where a judge said that a competency screening has determined that he is not competent to stand trial at this time.

    The judge ordered Adesanya, a resident of Bel Air, Maryland, to remain in custody and to receive continued evaluation and treatment.

    A status hearing will be held Dec. 22.

    Don't "do this to me," Adesanya yelled at the end of a five-minute court proceeding as deputy marshals grabbed him in an effort to remove him from the courtroom.

    He screamed that he was the victim of "a trap" and "a scheme."

    Deputies succeeded in pushing him through the doorway at the front of the court, but he started screaming for help from the other side and a loud crash could be heard from behind the closed door.

    "Somebody help me please," he said. Deputies could be heard telling him to "calm down" and to "relax, relax, relax."

    He had been charged with harming an animal used in law enforcement, one felonious count of making threats, and four counts of resisting/unlawful entry, which are misdemeanors.

    Adesanya jumped the fence on the North Lawn at about 7:15 p.m. last Wednesday,getting about 20 yards past the fence before being taken down by Secret Service officers and K-9 dogs.

    In a grainy surveillance video, Secret Service officers are heard yelling, "Stop moving!"

    Adesanya is then heard screaming, "I'm not!"

    Officials said Adesanya was not armed. However, the White House was locked down for nearly two hours following the incident. President Barack Obama was home at the time, law enforcement sources told News4.

    Adesanya sustained dog bites to his arms, back, chest and knee, a Secret Service official told NBC News. He was placed in custody Thursday morning after being released from the hospital.

    Secret Service officials say two Secret Service K-9s, named Hurricane and Jordan, were taken to a veterinarian for minor bruising from being kicked during the incident. Both dogs have been cleared to return to duty.

    Authorities said this isn't the first such incident involving Adesanya; late on July 27, he allegedly jumped a security barrier at the White House. He was arrested by D.C. police and charged with one count of unlawful entry.

    A judge ordered he undergo outpatient screening and released him July 29.

    But the next morning, a police officer reportedly observed Adesanya yelling profanities and "I want my check" to a guard at the Treasury Department. During a fight, he allegedly struck three police officers and a Secret Service agent, and also suffered a broken tooth.

    In that case, he was charged with four counts of assaulting a police officer, one count of failure to obey police and one count of unlawful entry. Court records show he was then ordered to wear an electronic monitoring device and abide by a curfew.

    Adesanya failed to appear at a Sept. 9 court hearing, and a bench warrant was issued. He was wearing an ankle monitor when he jumped the White House fence last week.