(CNN) — A man who jumped the White House fence Wednesday night suffers from mental problems, and has been arrested there before, according to his father.
Dominic Adesanya of Bel Air, Maryland, barely made it onto the lawn before he was subdued as he fought two police dogs, the Secret Service said.
“Dog got him,” a Secret Service spokesman said.
His father, who did not want to be named, told CNN affiliate WMAR that his son is paranoid and hears voices.
Adesanya was arrested near the White House about two months ago and charged with a misdemeanor, he said.
“He had done it before. … He didn’t get that close,” the father told the affiliate. “He didn’t cross the fence. He was at the gate, fussing at the people, wanting to talk to the President to tell the President about his situation.”
The father said they’ve asked “the government” for help, without any success. He did not provide specifics on whom he sought help from.
“It’s hard to be in your house and not know if the person you’re living with is trustworthy and to know they’re mentally disturbed like he is,” the father said.
Charges against Adesanya are pending.
Before officers moved in, he kicked a K-9 unit dog and punched another one. The two dogs were treated by a vet for injuries suffered in the incident.
Wednesday’s incident is the second time someone has jumped the fence at the White House in the last month.
In September, Omar Gonzalez allegedly scaled a fence armed with a knife and made it into the White House before he was detained.
Gonzalez’s indictment has been delayed until he undergoes a full mental competency evaluation.
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