2 armed people, looking to meet President Biden, arrested outside White House

Two people, armed with weapons and looking to meet President Joe Biden, were arrested outside of the White House this weekend.

The arrests happened around 5:25 p.m. Saturday near Pennsylvania Avenue and 15th Street Northwest.

A U.S. Secret Service spokesperson said the pair walked up to plainclothed officers near the White House gates. The D.C. police said on Monday that one of the suspects told the officers that they wanted to meet Biden and “deliver a letter to him.”

One of them, a man, said he was armed, while the other, a woman, told the officers a second weapon was in a vehicle nearby, the D.C. police said.

Both were quickly arrested, and officers secured the weapons and the vehicle.

The man was charged with possession of a BB gun; the woman was charged with carrying a pistol without a license, possession of an unregistered firearm and possession of unregistered ammunition.

No Secret Service “protectee” — including the president and first lady Jill Biden — were in danger in the incident, the Secret Service said; they did not name suspects in custody.

WTOP’s José Umaña contributed to this report. 

Luke Garrett

Luke Garrett is a D.C. native dedicated to journalism. He is a reporter and the creator, host and producer of the original WTOP podcast, “DMV Download.” The podcast debuted in 2022. On the show, Garrett takes a weekly look at the biggest stories and ideas in the D.C. region.

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