WASHINGTON (AP) — A man accused of jumping the White House fence while draped in an American flag left a suicide note with friends and a will with his mother, telling her she may never see him again, court documents show.
Joseph Caputo, 22, of Stamford, Connecticut, was ordered to undergo a psychiatric evaluation on Friday, a day after authorities said he scaled the fence while President Barack Obama was celebrating Thanksgiving with his family, prompting a lockdown.
Caputo is charged with one count of illegal entry onto restricted grounds, which carries a maximum penalty of one year in prison. He did not enter a plea during his brief appearance in District of Columbia Superior Court on Friday afternoon. A judge released him to the custody of the Secret Service for the sake of an emergency psychiatric evaluation. He is scheduled to appear in federal court on Monday.
Caputo is the first person to be charged with scaling the White House fence since May, when the Secret Service added a second layer of steel spikes to the top of the fence in response to a series of security breaches, including an intruder who got deep inside the executive mansion last year. Other long-term security enhancements for the White House perimeter are under construction. READ MORE OF THIS STORY ON YAHOO NEWS