Oregon man arrested by Secret Service after ‘entering and attacking Swiss ambassador’s residence to the United States in DC’
- Christian Mandeville was arrested for allegedly assaulting Jacques Pitteloud, Swiss ambassador to the United States
- According to the secret service, Mandeville entered Pitteloud’s residence, which was confirmed to the Swiss embassy on Monday just after 2 p.m.
- Authorities said Pitteloud had tried to prevent Mandeville from running further into the house by holding out his arms to prevent him from passing by
- Mandeville would have pushed the ambassador back as he ran
- Officers eventually restrained him and took him into custody, documents show
A man from Oregon has been arrested by the US Secret Service for allegedly entering the home of Jacques Pitteloud, the Swiss ambassador to the US, in Washington and assaulting him.
A man from Oregon has been arrested by the US Secret Service for allegedly entering the residence of the Swiss Ambassador to the United States in Washington DC and attacking him.
According to documents obtained by NBC 4 reporterScott MacFarlane, the incident occurred just after 2pm on Monday when Secret Service agents were called about a report of ‘an unwanted guest’ at Ambassador Jacques Pitteloud’s residence.
The person, identified by authorities as Christian David Mandeville, is said to have refused to leave the property.
The responding agent noted that he had spoken to Pitteloud and other employees to get a sense of the situation before entering the home.
On entering the residence with the ambassador, “Mandeville tried to run further into the building.”
“The ambassador reached out to stop Mandeville, but Mandeville used his arms to throw the ambassador’s arms away,” said the secret service agent.
Mandeville then used his body to get past the ambassador. His actions pushed the ambassador back, ”the officer added.
Authorities said another staff member was also attacked by the suspect when he was stopped by the employee. Documents say Mandeville pushed the employee who tried to prevent him from entering the house.
According to documents obtained by NBC 4 reporter Scott MacFarlane, the incident occurred just after 2 p.m. on Monday when Secret Service agents were called about a report of ‘an unwanted guest’ at Pitteloud’s residence, which is attached to the embassy.
Both the ambassador and the employee were unharmed.
When the agent tried to detain Mandeville, he reportedly resisted and fought the agent.
The officer said he got help from other agents and they eventually managed to contain Mandeville. However, the officer said he sustained abrasions on his forearm from the altercation.
According to a statement from the Swiss embassy, the suspect was initially denied entry, but jumped over an outside gate and went inside.
Documents also revealed that Mandeville had left a backpack outside the gate of the property, forcing agents to evacuate the area while the bag was being investigated. It is still unclear what was in the bag.
Authorities charged Mandeville with assault on a foreign official, resisting arrest and unlawful entry.
Authorities were able to keep Mandeville in the house (photo)