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Intruder arrested on White House grounds

Repeat offender jumps fence again, will face charges

From Elaine Quijano
CNN

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Officers take the intruder, Brian Lee Patterson, into custody.

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WASHINGTON (CNN) -- A New Mexico man arrested for jumping the White House fence Sunday has been arrested for the same thing three times before, a Secret Service spokesman said.

Brian Lee Patterson, 40, of Albuquerque, faces charges of unlawful entry for Sunday's incident, which occurred while President Bush was in the presidential mansion, said Eric Zahren, a spokesman for the Secret Service.

He also will be charged with contempt of court for violating an order to stay away from the White House, Zahren said.

Patterson ran yelling onto the White House grounds shortly before 4 p.m. Sunday, shouting that he had been "a victim of terrorism" and, "My family is being poisoned in New Mexico." (Watch intruder face off with officers -- 3:50)

Wearing a T-shirt with an American flag and the message "God Bless America," Patterson jumped the wrought-iron fence near camera positions used by television correspondents and ran well inside the grounds before being stopped.

"I have intelligence information for the president; I'm not afraid of you," he told officers who confronted him.

The man continued yelling during a momentary standoff with gun- and canine-wielding Secret Service officers.

Officers, two of whom drew their weapons and pointed them at the man, bound his hands behind his back and took him into custody after he lay face-down on the ground.

Zahren said Patterson has been involved in three previous fence-jumping incidents, the most recent one in February. He was charged with unlawful entry in that incident and ordered to stay away from the White House, Zahren said.

After his arrest, the man was taken to George Washington University hospital for treatment of a cut to his hand -- believed to have happened as he jumped the fence -- and is expected to face a judge on Monday.

Zahren said incidents like Sunday's are a "fairly regular" occurrence.

CNN's Vito Maggiolo contributed to this report.

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