Drunk man caught ‘climbing fence of National Counterterrorism Center in Virginia after drinking tequila and mistaking complex for hotel’
- Jatinder Singh, 28, charged with entering the National Counterterrorism Center in McLean, Virginia
- Singh told police he had been drinking tequila and was there to rent a room and get a meal
- Search found another person’s wallet with ID and credit card
A man has been arrested for allegedly scaling a security fence and entering the headquarters of the National Counterterrorism Center in Virginia after mistaking it for a hotel after drinking tequila overnight.
Jatinder Singh, 28, was reportedly caught on government property in McLean, Virginia, in the early hours of March 14.
According to a probable cause explanation first obtained by a NBC4 Washington Investigative reporter, at around 5:00 am, police officers at 1500 met Tysons McLean Drive Singh, who had entered the building by climbing over a security gate.
Jatinder Singh, 28, is suspected of climbing a fence and entering the National Counterterrorism Center in Virginia while drunk on tequila
Officers ordered the intruder to stop and explain what he was doing there.
“The defendant replied that he was there to rent a room,” the document said.
Singh then produced a credit card and a New York driver’s license with his name.
“The defendant stood noticeably unsteadily on his feet and showed slurred speech,” the document states.
When officers searched Singh, they found that he was in possession of someone else’s wallet, which contained identification and credit cards.
After reading his Miranda rights, Singh reportedly said he is working with the wallet owner.
Under questioning, Singh revealed that he had consumed tequila the night before “and was only there looking for a meal and a place to stay,” reporter Scott MacFarlane said.
Singh was quoted in charges for telling police he was ‘only there looking for a meal and a place to stay’
Singh was charged with trespass and was taken to Alexandria Detention Center. He was released the next day, according to an agency spokesman.
“I didn’t know that was federal property,” Singh, who lives in Pennsylvania, told the US New York Post on Thursday. ‘I was just looking for help. I just see the building with the lights. ‘
The National Counterterrorism Center, established after the September 11, 2011 attacks, is part of the Office of Director of National Intelligence (ODNI) and is responsible for national and international counter-terrorism efforts.
DailyMail.com reached out to ODNI on Thursday for comment on the security breach and awaited a response.