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I-TEAM EXCLUSIVE: Hayward man jumps White House fence

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The ABC7 News I-Team has new, exclusive information about the man who jumped the fence at the White House Sunday night. (Secret Service catch man scaling fence at White House)

Sunday night, a man from the Bay Area was arrested for scaling the fence at the White House. It turns out the man, who gave Hayward as his home town, has a lengthy criminal history. The I-Team has been looking into it and has exclusive new information.

Jerome Hunt, 54, was released from jail Monday, after being charged with misdemeanor unlawful entry. The I-Team obtained an older picture of him from a prior arrest in 2009. Hunt has been ordered to stay away from the White House, to wear a GPS bracelet and to undergo a mental health evaluation.

Hunt climbed the fence on the back side of the White House at 10:25 p.m. and landed on the South Lawn, where President Barack Obama's helicopter often takes off. He was carrying a red tote bag that police later determined posed no threat. The White House spokesman said on Monday this is the first fence jumper of the year.

"What the Secret Service and others are engaged in is an effort is to try to strengthen the security posture at the White House or at least make sure the security posture of the White House reflects the security threat that exists," White House press secretary Josh Earnest said.

Court documents show Hunt was born in Danville, Illinois and lived in the Midwest most his life.

Monday, Hunt told investigators he came to the Bay Area three years ago, and is currently homeless, but receives mail at the First United Methodist Church in Hayward. The pastor has not returned the I-Team's calls.

Hayward's police chief told ABC7 News' Vic Lee the Secret Service has not called her office about the incident, and her officers have had no contact with Hunt.

"A lot of people come and go, this is a very active area. You know, Hayward -- the heart of the bay -- every major freeway in Northern California comes through here, so I don't have I don't have any details about him specifically or what his contacts have been with our organization," Hayward Police Chief Diane Urban said.

Before coming to the Bay Area, database searches show Hunt lived in Peoria, Illinois and had several convictions:
  • 2009 criminal trespass -- 12 months probation

  • 2008 domestic battery -- six days in jail, 12 months probation

  • 1997 DUI -- 1 year probation


  • His most serious conviction comes from Macomb, Illinois which was:
  • 1984 assault with intent to commit first degree sexual abuse, and burglary -- Hunt received a sentence of 22 years in prison


  • Hunt also gave the address of a church in Sacramento to investigators. The records show he was also arrested for domestic battery, rape, forgery and other charges, but there is no indication he was convicted in those cases.

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    politicsI-Teamhomelessrecordcrimearrestsecret servicesecurity breachu.s. & worldThe White HouseWashington DCHayward
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