Latest White House fence jumper has mental health problems, father says
BEL AIR, Maryland (CNN) — A man who jumped the White House fence Wednesday night suffers from mental health problems, and has been arrested in a previous White House security breach, according to his father.
Dominic Adesanya, 23, of Bel Air, Maryland, barely made it onto the lawn before
“Dog got him,” a Secret Service spokesman said.
Adesanya has been charged with two counts of felony assault on a police officer for attacking the K-9 dogs, four counts of resisting and unlawful entry, and one count of making threats, said Brian Leary, a Secret Service spokesman.
Authorities said he was unarmed at the time of his arrest.
His father, Victor Adesanya, told CNN affiliate WMAR that his son is paranoid and hears voices.
Adesanya was arrested near the White House about two months ago and charged with a misdemeanor, his father said.
“He had done it before. … He didn’t get that close,” the father told the affiliate. “He didn’t cross the fence. He was at the gate, fussing at the people, wanting to talk to the President to tell the President about his situation.”
His father said his son has been experiencing a downward mental health spiral after he was prohibited from trying out for a college football team at Stevenson University in Westminster, Md. He dropped out of school in November. Doctors have diagnosed him with paranoia and schizophrenia and have prescribed antidepressants and other drugs, but his father says has been refusing to fill the order.
His father also said he was fighting the dogs because he thinks “he’s got to prove he’s this phenomenon athlete.”
“He doesn’t understand, you know, his problem is not the President, you know, his problem is in his head,” Adesanya told CNN in a lengthy series of remarks outside the family home north of Baltimore. ” And he don’t want help, but we can’t get him help, but we think he needs to be forced to get the help.”
The father said they’ve asked the government for help, without any success.
“It’s hard to be in your house and not know if the person you’re living with is trustworthy and to know they’re mentally disturbed like he is,” the father said.
Before officers moved in, Adesanya kicked a K-9 unit dog and punched another one. The two dogs — Hurricane and Jordan — were treated by a vet for injuries suffered in the incident. Both dogs were cleared for continued duty by the Secret Service Thursday morning after sustaining minor bruises from the night before.
Wednesday’s incident is the second time someone has jumped the fence at the White House in the last month. This time, the president was in the residence when the intruder jumped over the fence.
In September, a man — who police identified as Omar Gonzalez — scaled a fence armed with a knife and made it into the White House before he was detained.
Gonzalez’s indictment has been delayed until he undergoes a full mental competency evaluation.
The Secret Service used its Twitter account later Thursday to show pictures of the two dogs involved in the incident ready to return to work.