Man Arrested Climbing White House Fence He had two bags, but police haven't said what he was up to By Newser Editors and Wire Services Posted Feb 7, 2014 3:45 PM CST 62 comments Comments The White House is seen through a chain-link fence in the file photo. (AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais) (Newser) – Authorities say a man has been arrested trying to climb a fence at the White House this afternoon. The Secret Service says the unidentified man was apprehended before he could get over the fence along the north perimeter. He had two bags with him, and an agency spokesperson say they contained nothing dangerous but wouldn't elaborate, reports the Washington Post. No charges have been announced. The incident shut down Pennsylvania Avenue for about an hour as the White House went into lockdown mode. President Obama was in Michigan at the time, notes CNN.