WASHINGTON — An unidentified man jumped the White House fence in an apparent security breach but was quickly stopped by the US Secret Service.

Two Secret Service agents on Tuesday cautiously approached the dark-skinned man, who could not immediately be identified, their rifles pointed at him as he lay face down on the North Lawn of the White House.

He was swiftly arrested.

Several police vehicles were parked outside the White House gates with their lights flashing, and security personnel could be seen patrolling the compound, including two with body armor and automatic weapons.

Reporters were asked to leave the White House lawn and the platform where television journalists stand for their live shots.

Protests are routinely held outside the White House gates and had taken place earlier in the day, but it was not clear whether the man had been a participant.