DEVELOPING: Suspect Arrested on White House Grounds Accused of Attempted Murder


On Tuesday, President Trump hosted a number of military members and Philadelphia Eagles fans at the White House, after he cancelled a visit from the Super Bowl champions in a dispute over the National Anthem protests. 

There was, however, a more dramatic moment at the White House Tuesday, that escaped the notice of most. And it involved an attempted murder suspect.

A man scheduled to work at the White House (above) was detained at the front gate and then arrested, when it was discovered that he was wanted for attempted murder.

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The Daily Mail reports.

Martese Edwards, 29, had arrived for work at the White House on Tuesday when he was taken into custody at the checkpoint in the 1600 block of Pennsylvania Avenue.

Secret Service officials told The Washington Post that Edwards’ name matched with an outstanding warrant for attempted murder in Prince George County, Maryland.

On Tuesday, the smartly dressed contractor was charged with being a fugitive from justice in Washington, DC.

He could be extradited back to Maryland to face the attempted murder charge.

A Prince George Sheriff’s Office spokesman said the warrant was issued on May 17.

President Trump had been at the White House on Tuesday for an alternative America celebration after Super Bowl champions, the Philadelphia Eagles, were disinvited.

Trump told gathered guests on the White House lawn that the event was now a ‘Celebration of America’ and made no mention of the team, telling the crowd: ‘We love our country,’ he said. ‘We respect our flag. And we always proudly stand for the national anthem.’

It is not clear where Edwards would have been working as a private contractor or what his role was.

The White House did not immediately respond to a request for comment on Edwards’s arrest.

It is not clear how Edwards passed initial background checks to be cleared to work at the White House in the first place. However, it appears the on-site security did their job.

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