Early Sunday morning, a woman wanting to see President Donald Trump was arrested for a third time, after she allegedly scaled a fence surrounding the White House complex. Officers responded when an alarm was triggered at approximately 2:15 a.m. on Sunday morning and arrested Marci Anderson Wahl, 38, of Everett, Washington. The first time Wahl was arrested trying to gain entry to the White House was late last Tuesday night.
According to the Washington Post, the Secret Service said Wahl’s arrest on Sunday morning was the third time she has been taken into custody in less than a week close to the presidential residence. The security force said Wahl was arrested this last time after she scaled a fence at the Treasury Building’s southeast corner, close to the White House, adjacent to 15th Street NW.
CNN reported that each time Wahl was arrested, she had told the police she wanted to talk to President Donald Trump. Wahl has been charged with unlawful entry and contempt of court. After she was taken into custody by Secret Service agents, authorities learned she had been issued a ‘stay away’ order for the White House complex following one of the earlier arrests this week.
That incident was on March 21. Officers saw Wahl walking around and staring at the White House and the surrounding grounds prior to making her attempt to gain entry. That attempt was when Wahl jumped a fence on the south side of the White House, but got stuck. According to a police report about that incident, when officers found her, she was upside down, hanging by her shoelaces, which had become snagged on the top of the fence.
When the Secret Service and Washington Metropolitan Police officers arrested Wahl, they found White House map on her. Reuters reported that Wahl following a court appearance, she was released the following day. Previous to the three incidents involving Wahl’s attempts to see President Donald Trump, she did not have a criminal record.
Last Wednesday, according to court records, in District of Columbia Superior Court on Wednesday, Wahl plead not guilty to charges of unlawful entry. She was released from custody and issued a stay away order. She had an initial status hearing for her first break in attempt set for April 27.
Last Friday, Wahl was arrested her second time, according to a Secret Service spokesperson. She was taken into custody near Lafayette Park for contempt of court in violation of the stay away order. On Saturday morning, Wahl was released, once again, on her own recognizance after pleading not guilty.
According to Reuters, Secret Service spokesman Shawn Holtzclaw said that when Wahl was arrested on Sunday morning, she had in her possession a sleeping bag and a backpack. The Secret Service reportedly said Wahl’s possessions were check for and cleared for anything dangerous by an explosive ordnance disposal team. There were not any weapons or hazardous materials found.
CNN reported that President Donald Trump “was in Washington at the time of all three incidents.”
During each of Marci Anderson Wahl’s attempts to gain entry to the White House, President Donald Trump was in Washington. It is not clear if Trump was at the White House when Wahl was arrested by authorities following each attempt to gain access to se the President.
By John Samuels
Photo Courtesy Matt Popovich