Father of White House fence jumper attributes son's actions to mental health

The father of the man who jumped over the White House fence Sunday blamed his actions on mental health issues. (WJLA)

We spoke to Rene Merswin about his third of five children, Victor.

“He made a mistake,” he said. “As a father, I do not condone him going to the White House like he did.”

Around 8 a.m. Sunday, 24-year-old Victor Merswin was arrested for jumping a fenced bike rack while trying to get on White House property.

According to the incident report, he told a Secret Service agent he had to talk to with the President.

“I don’t think he wanted to talk about hot political issues,” his father said. “I think he wanted to talk in general. Things that could help the general welfare of the country.”

It all happened on the White House’s north side, around the same place Victor approached a Secret Service agent a few months back.

“I turn around and he is talking to the Secret Service officer,” Mr Merswin recounted. “I quickly ran over and said ‘I’m sorry sir. This is my son.’”

We checked and Victor has never had any run-ins with the law before. His father describes him as a warm-hearted young, devoted Christian man.

“I tried to teach them to respect authority like I tried to do throughout my life, but Victor has a certain belief about himself that he holds sincere that he has explained to me,” the father said. “Because of his own mindset and what he truly believes and as a father, I think it may be a mental situation.”

Mr Merswin told us he wants to get his son psychiatric help, but says he was wrongly terminated from his job with the Marine Corps and no longer has medical insurance to pay for it.

Victor Merswin will have his first court appearance Monday. President Trump was home when this happened.

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