Man strips naked in front of White House
May 23rd, 2014
04:10 PM ET
4 months ago

Man strips naked in front of White House

Washington (CNN) - A man stripped down naked in front of the White House on Friday and, according to United States Secret Service, assaulted an officer who attempted to subdue him.

"Michel Bechard approached uniformed division officers at the White House and he proceeded to get fully undressed," George Ogilvie, spokesman for the Secret Service told CNN. "As uniformed division officers attempted to subdue him, he assaulted a uniform division officer and he was taken into custody."

Ogilvie described the "assault" as a "scuffle" between Bechard and an officer.

Bechard was arrested and has been taken to a local hospital for "minor injuries," according to Ogilvie.

After officers got Bechard to the ground, they put his pants back on him and covered his upper body with a white cloth. They then escorted him – his feet and hands shackled – to an ambulance.

The White House was never in lockdown because of the event.

Photos of Bechard show him standing completely naked in front of the Northwest gate.

It is unclear at this time why Bechard took off all his clothes.


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soundoff (31 Responses)
  1. Sniffit

    Probably mentally ill...but still kinda funny.

    I still say "Tea Party Member" belongs in DSM-V though.

    May 23, 2014 04:20 pm at 4:20 pm |
  2. 1776usa2016

    Another Tea Party nutjob no doubt.

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    May 23, 2014 04:37 pm at 4:37 pm |
  3. Sam

    One more desperate democrat, the things they do to get attention.

    May 23, 2014 04:40 pm at 4:40 pm |
  4. pourmonamiJC

    "It is unclear at this time why Bechard took off all his clothes. Really? How about because he's nuts? Geee!

    May 23, 2014 04:42 pm at 4:42 pm |
  5. Rick McDaniel

    I suspect he was protesting the cost of ObamaCare, leaving him without a shirt on his back (or anything else.)

    May 23, 2014 04:47 pm at 4:47 pm |
  6. TexasVulcan

    Someone find out what drugs this guy was on and ask if he would share. :)

    May 23, 2014 04:48 pm at 4:48 pm |
  7. Anthony Linton

    May be he was feeling hot, hot, hot for someone in the White House. On the other hand, it could be a case of psychopathology. I wish him well.

    May 23, 2014 04:48 pm at 4:48 pm |
  8. Thomas

    Why do Rand Paul supporters like to go naked , and who is the Aqua Buddha ?

    May 23, 2014 04:49 pm at 4:49 pm |
  9. Jerome Horowitz

    It was ol' Bill trying to get back in

    May 23, 2014 04:51 pm at 4:51 pm |
  10. UmpireSam

    Michel Bechard approached uniformed (1) division officers at the White House and he proceeded to get fully undressed," George Ogilvie, spokesman for the Secret Service told CNN. "As uniformed (2) division officers attempted to subdue him, he assaulted a uniform (3) division officer and he was taken into custody.

    I am confused were the officers in Uniform ? ....

    May 23, 2014 04:51 pm at 4:51 pm |
  11. Eriekayaker

    This is no big deal. The poor man is a head case of some kind. He will be taken to St. Elizabeth's Hospital in DC, which has mental illness ward. St. Elizabeth's, by the way, is the same place, John Hinckley, who tried to assassinate Pres. Reagan, is kept. As I said, this is no big deal. Periodically, some unbalanced person will do something like this, or similar.

    May 23, 2014 05:00 pm at 5:00 pm |
  12. Woodrow

    Need to tell Bill Clinton that it's no longer his house.............

    May 23, 2014 05:01 pm at 5:01 pm |
  13. Josh

    Strip off all his clothes in front of the agent? Doesn't the know the difference between a Secret Service agent and a TSA agent?

    May 23, 2014 05:01 pm at 5:01 pm |
  14. Pk duster

    Man must be a gop waco

    May 23, 2014 05:10 pm at 5:10 pm |
  15. Tru

    Likely tea party person showing off his wares!

    May 23, 2014 05:16 pm at 5:16 pm |
  16. bassman

    He was just trying to emulate Pres. Obama. The emperor has no clothes.

    May 23, 2014 05:18 pm at 5:18 pm |
  17. Rick

    White House wasn't locked down? I assume this was "assault with a deadly weapon"?

    May 23, 2014 05:18 pm at 5:18 pm |
  18. bob

    >>It is unclear at this time why Bechard took off all his clothes.

    The weather is nice? It looked so nice out that I deided to leave it out all day?

    May 23, 2014 05:18 pm at 5:18 pm |
  19. Gene

    Boy george bush trying to get back in???

    May 23, 2014 05:19 pm at 5:19 pm |
  20. DC Johnny

    Since there is no evidence that Bechard did the same offensive thing when Bush was in office, he is hereby deemed, by progressive logic, a clear racist.

    May 23, 2014 05:26 pm at 5:26 pm |
  21. alleygator

    Book him, Dano! Charge him with assault with a dead weapon!

    May 23, 2014 05:27 pm at 5:27 pm |
  22. likeaboss

    Thank goodness it was unclear.

    May 23, 2014 05:28 pm at 5:28 pm |
  23. Bob Barkett

    Why do they say at the end of the article "It is unclear at this time why Bechard took off all his clothes"? Would it be less unclear "It is unclear at this time why Bechard took off some of his clothes"? LOL

    May 23, 2014 05:29 pm at 5:29 pm |
  24. cnn reader

    Omg thats so weird and funny at the same time

    May 23, 2014 05:38 pm at 5:38 pm |
  25. Not surprised

    Thank goodness it wasn't Sarah Palin.

    May 23, 2014 05:41 pm at 5:41 pm |
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