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Man Strips Naked in Front of White House, Allegedly Assaults Officer

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A man who stripped naked before allegedly assaulting an officer outside the White House on Friday has been taken into custody, a U.S. Secret Service spokesman said, according to CNN.


A naked man was subdued by officers outside the White House on May 23, 2014. (Credit: CNN)

One photograph posted to Twitter showed the man standing completely naked outside the White House gates in broad daylight as several people in the crowd looked on.

The man, identified by authorities as Michel Bechard, was subdued by at least three officers, photos from the scene showed.

“Michel Bechard approached uniformed division officers at the White House and he proceeded to get fully undressed,” George Ogilvie, a spokesman for the Secret Service, told CNN. “As uniformed division officers attempted to subdue him, he assaulted a uniform division officer and he was taken into custody.”

Bechard was clothed and escorted into an ambulance in handcuffs, according to photos.

He was arrested and taken to a local hospital where he was being treated for minor injuries, Ogilvie added.

The White House was not locked down over the incident, the cable news channel reported.

It was not immediately clear what prompted Bechard to remove all of his clothes.

CNN contributed to this report.