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CT man that jumped fence at White House attends University of Bridgeport

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This man was arrested for jumping the White House fence. He's carrying a binder in his mouth. (Source: Vannesa Pena/CNN) This man was arrested for jumping the White House fence. He's carrying a binder in his mouth. (Source: Vannesa Pena/CNN)
STAMFORD, CT (WFSB) -

A 22-year-old man from Connecticut is accused of jumping over the fence in front of the White House on Thanksgiving.

Police are expected to charge Stamford resident Joseph Caputo with unlawful entry, according to the US Attorney’s Office.

Caputo was wearing an American flag as he was caught by Secret Service and arrested. He was carrying a binder in his mouth and the papers inside scatted all over the North Lawn. 

His Facebook page shows him standing in front of the White House on Monday.

Caputo's attorney, Stephan Seeger stated that Caputo attends the University of Bridgeport and majors in criminal justice and martial arts. 

Caputo appeared in the Superior Court of the District of Columbia on Friday morning. 

Eyewitness News obtained court documents, which explained the incident. 

Officer Scott Silvestro of the United State Secret Service saw Caputo scaling the White House fence with one leg over the fence and an American flag wrapped around him like a cape. 

Silvestro tried to catch Caputo, but he made it over the fence and dropped onto the North Lawn of the White House. 

Caputo was told to stop and get on the ground, which he did. He was then taken into custody. 

While in custody, Caputo made statements saying, "I love my country" and "I knew I would be locked up." 

Officer removed several items from Caputo as evidence, including, an American flag, a USB flash drive in the form of a Captain America shield, a pocket guide to the Constitution and weightlifting gloves. 

The incident caused a lockdown at the White House and the first family was home at the time of the incident. Thursday’s lockdown was the second of this week.  On Saturday, a person threw an apple core over the fence, which led to a lockdown. 

The Thanksgiving incident comes after the secret service beefed up security around the White House. They added barricades in front of the main fence and added metal spikes to the top of the fence.

Secret Service interviewed two people in Virginia who know Caputo and whom Caputo was staying with since Monday, November 23. During the interview it was learned that two letters were left at their house by Caputo. One of the notes was a suicide note that stated Caputo planned to die on November 26, 2015. 

Part of the note stated, " Death is a natural part of life. Rejoice for those around us whom transform into the Force." 

The second note was to make sure that the Secret Service knew that the people Caputo was living with were not part of any of Caputo's plans. 

Officers also interviewed Caputo's mother at her home in Connecticut. His mother gave the officers a "Last Will and Testament" prepared by Caputo. 

Caputo also left his mother an audio message where he tells her that something will happen and he may or may not be able to see her again. 

During Caputo's court hearing, it was decided that he would be taken to the Comprehensive Psychiatric Emergency Program. 

Seeger stated that Caputo was committing civil disobedience and had no plans to harm himself or others when he jumped the fence. 

"There is nothing threatening at all about Joe Caputo. He is not a threat to national security," Seeger said. 

Caputo will go before a judge again on Monday, November 30. 

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