Published: Sat, October 21, 2017
Worldwide | By Gretchen Simon

No Go: Pokemon-costumed man arrested after White House jump

No Go: Pokemon-costumed man arrested after White House jump

A man in a Pikachu costume was arrested this week after jumping over a fence at the White House.

Curtis Combs, of Kentucky, told officers on the scene that his pre-jump antics were recorded but his big gesture was interrupted by Secret Service officers, so he didn't even get the incident on tape. He was told to stop on multiple accounts. A backpack he has was investigated by bomb technicians and later cleared by police.

Once apprehended, Combs told Secret Service that he wanted to become famous by jumping the White House fence in a Pikachu outfit and posting it on YouTube. Court documents say Combs is unemployed and had been discharged from the US Marine Corps in 2004. He told investigators he could not complete a video recording because of the officers' "quick response" according to court documents.

Because of his attempt to gain fame on YouTube, Combs is now being charged with Unlawful Entry, NBC 4 Investigative Reporter, Scott McFarlane, said in a Twitter post.

Pikachu, a yellow, chubby rodent, is one of the most prominent characters in the Pokémon franchise.

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Curtis Combs, 36, was arrested last Tuesday around 9:35 a.m. for jumping over the south side of "The People's House", between the South Lawn and Ellipse.

Just two years ago, Secret Service caught its first Pikachu, 26-year-old Jeffrey Grossman.

With police nearing, Combs told police he chose to try getting over the fence anyway, and he made it into a restricted area where he was caught and handcuffed on Tuesday (Wednesday NZ Time).

He also shared that he hoped to return to the White House for a tour with his son, but that seems unlikely now that charges are being pressed against him.

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