Man Dressed As Pikachu Arrested After Jumping White House Fence

Man Dressed As Pikachu Arrested After Jumping White House Fence

A man dressed as the Pokémon character Pikachu attempted to infiltrate the White House Tuesday morning before he was caught by Secret Service officers manning the perimeter, authorities said.

President Donald Trump was nearby in the Eisenhower Executive Office Building doing radio interviews at the time of the breach. He was told to stop on multiple accounts. He told investigators he could not complete a video recording because of the officers' "quick response" according to court documents.

Curtis Combs, of Kentucky, told officers on the scene that his pre-jump antics were recorded but his big gesture was interrupted by Secret Service officers, so he didn't even get the incident on tape.

Prior to jumping, Combs dropped a bag which was treated as a suspicious object, but was later cleared by the police. Combs, charged with one count of misdemeanor unlawful entry, could not be reached for comment.

A yellow rodent with a lightning-shaped tail, Pikachu is the most visible face of Pokemon, a Japanese franchise extending to movies and animation shows, comic books, video and trading-card games. His attorney, Edward Gain, did not return calls.

According to reports, Combs told officers he was unarmed before climbing a fence (which happen to read "Restricted Area") and jumping onto the White House lawn. This is not the first time the Secret Service has dealt with Pika-suspects. It kind of-sort of worked for the last guy who took Pikachu with him while bum rushing the White House fence, back on September 11, 2014. if 2,700 views on a news clip counts as fame, that is.

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