Intruder caught in White House grounds 'carrying backpack' sparking huge security operation

An intruder reportedly wearing a backpack has been found in the ground of the White House, sparking a major security alert.

Secret service agents arrested the man at an entrance near the president’s residence, CNN reported on Saturday morning.

The suspect has since been identified as 26-year-old Jonathan T. Tran. He was reportedly found to have a California driver’s license.

President Trump, who was in the White House at the time, was not in any danger from the security breach, which occurred around midnight, the cable television network reported.

President Trump was unharmed
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The White House could not be reached immediately to confirm the report.

In a statement read over CNN, the Secret Service said the suspect gained entrance to the grounds on the south side near a portico from which presidents often address the public. The entrance is near the president’s residence.

The backpack carried by the intruder was screened and searched, and no hazardous material was found, according the statement.

Security for reporters entering the White House appeared to be normal on Saturday morning.

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