2 suspicious packages investigated near White House, U.S. Capitol

WASHINGTON (WUSA9) - A man was arrested outside the U.S. Capitol Tuesday afternoon after police responded to the area for a report of a suspicious package. 

It was the first of two reports of suspicious packages downtown. The Secret Service also investigated a unattended package near the White House.

That package was seen along the north fence line.

Pedestrian traffic in the area is restricted as police remain in the area.

The scene was cleared near the White House around 2:10 p.m. 

 

The U.S. Capitol Police responded to the report of a suspicious package on the Rotunda Steps of the U.S. Capitol around noon. 

An adult male was arrested and charge with unlawful entry and transported to USCP headquarters for processing. 

The suspicious package was cleared with negative results at approximately 1:08 p.m. 

Officials say the White House was not on lockdown and no one was evacuated from the area. 

President Donald J. Trump was not in the White House at the time and is enroute to Arizona. 

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