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Secret Service: White House fence-jumper from CT

The man who jumped the White House fence on Thanksgiving and prompted a lockdown is from Stamford, the Secret Service said Friday. Joseph Caputo, 22, is facing criminal charges and made his first court

News 12 Staff

Nov 28, 2015, 3:18 AM

Updated 3,159 days ago

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The man who jumped the White House fence on Thanksgiving and prompted a lockdown is from Stamford, the Secret Service said Friday.
Joseph Caputo, 22, is facing criminal charges and made his first court appearance in Washington, D.C. today.
He was also ordered to undergo an emergency psychiatric evaluation. He is set to appear in federal court Monday for illegal entry of restricted grounds.
Caputo wore an American flag as a cape and appeared to have a binder in his mouth as he somehow scaled the fence of the White House grounds Thursday afternoon while the first family celebrated Thanksgiving.
Secret Service officers say they quickly arrested him.
Court documents state that once in custody, Caputo made spontaneous outbursts, saying "I love my country," and "I knew I would be locked up."
Just hours before his arrest, a post on Caputo's Facebook page stated: "The holiday was initiated to give thanks to the new Constitution and the liberty and harmony that comes from self-government. Today has as much to do with turkeys and pilgrims as Easter does with eggs and rabbits. So today, don't think of what your planet can do for you, think about what you can do for your planet."
Caputo lives in Stamford and graduated from Naugatuck High School in 2011. His Facebook page says he attends the University of Bridgeport.
A high school friend of Caputo who spoke with News 12 Connecticut described him as a passionate person who would often take an idea and run with it.
The Secret Service has not released Caputo's motive for jumping the fence.
Court documents say he left a suicide note with friends and a last will and testament with his mother.
Officers said Caputo also left his mother an audio message saying something would happen and he may or may not be able to see her again.


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