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Two people arrested over weekend near White House after admitting to having weapons

One of the persons arrested allegedly said "they were there to meet with the president of the United States and had a letter to deliver."

Updated: February 15, 2021 - 10:11am

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Two people were arrested over the weekend after they approached Secret Service officers outside the White House and admitting to having weapons, according to police officials.

The Secret Service said that the individuals arrested posed no immediate danger to any Secret Service protectee, according to NBC News 4 TV.

The incident occurred at about 5:25 p.m. when a man and a woman approached the officers "on their own accord" outside of a secured vehicle checkpoint of the White House complex, police said.

One of them said "they were there to meet with the president of the United States and had a letter to deliver to him," police also said, according to the news outlet.

"One of the individuals disclosed the possession of a weapon and was immediately detained and the second individual disclosed the location of an additional weapon in a vehicle nearby," a Secret Service spokesperson said.

The officers took possession of the weapon upon locating the vehicle.

The man, who has not been identified, was arrested for possession of a BB gun.

The other person, identified as Sylvia Hall, 66, was arrested for carrying a pistol without a license, possession of an unregistered firearm and possession of unregistered ammunition.