Canadian arrested at White House carrying whisky for Trump being held for mental health exam

National Post | 1/3/2019 | Staff
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A Canadian man arrested for trespassing at the White House, telling police he wanted to give U.S. President Donald Trump two bottles of Crown Royal whisky and ask his help finding a wife, is being held in jail for a mental health evaluation.

While the bizarre circumstances of the arrest of Yianny Georgopoulos ignited a wave of merriment and mockery on social media, a darker side emerges in court documents alleging a history of domestic violence, stalking and mental health issues.

Georgopoulos - Statements - Attorney - Judge - Instructions

Georgopoulos made “spontaneous statements” and did not seem able to follow his attorney’s or the judge’s instructions during his brief court appearance following his bizarre arrest, causing concern for prosecutors.

“Without understanding the defendant’s mental health, it is impossible to determine whether the defendant intends any actual harm to the President of the United States or any other (U.S. Secret Service) protectee,” Assistant U.S. Attorney Jolie Zimmerman wrote in a prosecutors’ request for a delay in releasing Georgopoulos prior to trial, filed Thursday afternoon.

Defendant - Background - History - Canada - Zimmerman

“Little is known about the defendant’s background and criminal history in Canada,” Zimmerman wrote.

“It’s certainly troubling that the defendant took the unusual steps of traveling from Canada to the District of Columbia, walking to the White House complex, physically moving a security barrier at an entrance to the White House, and attempting to gain access to the President.”

Georgopoulos - Age - Hometown - Canada - Midnight

Georgopoulos, whose age and hometown in Canada were not released, was arrested shortly after midnight — at 12:14 a.m., on Jan. 2 — making his case the first federal criminal complaint of the year in Washington, D.C. The location on the complaint makes it even more distinctive: 1600 Pennsylvania Ave. NW.

Georgopoulos was confronted by a Secret Service agent at the White House after he approached a bicycle rack used as a security barrier to help protect the north fence line of the...
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