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Police: Man prompts WH lockdown by jumping fence to flee robbery


The White House was placed on lockdown Tuesday afternoon, after a man jumped the fence at the Eisenhower Executive Office Building next door. 

A Secret Service spokesman said the suspect was taken into custody by uniformed officers “without incident” just before 4 p.m.

{mosads}The man was allegedly fleeing the scene of a robbery that occurred around 17th Street NW, near the office complex, the spokesman said. 

A door leading from the press briefing room to the White House driveway was locked, preventing reporters from exiting the building for a short time.

But the atmosphere on the White House grounds was generally calm. 

A group of Secret Service agents was seen smiling and chatting on the North Lawn driveway, and White House staffers, including senior adviser Valerie Jarrett, were seen walking outside. 

The lockdown was lifted and the briefing room door was unlocked just before 4:30 p.m.

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Jesse Byrnes contributed to this report.

— Updated at 6:26 p.m.

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