Man In Pikachu Costume Arrested After Jumping White House Fence

Man dresses as Pikachu runs onto White House lawn in hopes of being famous Gets caught

US Secret Service says Kentucky man jumped White House fence dressed as Pikachu

With police nearing, Combs told police he chose to try getting over the fence anyway, and he made it into a restricted area where he was caught and handcuffed on Tuesday (Wednesday NZ Time).

Prior to trespassing, the Pikachu-costumed Combs told nearby officers he was unarmed (which undoubtedly raised suspicions) before jumping over the barrier and ignoring commands to stop.

But the man, identified as 36-year-old Curtis Combs, of Somerset, Kentucky, told arresting officers the Secret Service closed in too quickly, interrupting his recording of a "pre-jump" ritual.

President Donald Trump was nearby in the Eisenhower Executive Office Building doing radio interviews at the time of the breach.

Before scaling the fence, Combs dropped a backpack which was investigated by bomb technicians before eventually getting cleared by police.

A Kentucky man dressed as a Pokemon character wanted to become famous so he jumped the White House fence on Tuesday. Combs was not known to law enforcement, court documents say.

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Combs told police he expected to be arrested and had researched D.C. charges and previous jumpers.

Authorities said Combs tried to enlist the help of two friends but that they declined.

Pikachu, a yellow, chubby rodent, is one of the most prominent characters in the Pokémon franchise.

On Twitter, the U.S. Secret Service says it found a suspicious package at the south fence line.

This should serve as a warning: Not even Pokemon can evade the Secret Service.

Just last month, the White House was placed on lock down after a man threw a notebook and a sign over the fence along Pennsylvania Avenue.

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