The woman accused of ramming her van into security barriers outside of the White House is facing serious federal charges.
According to the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the District of Columbia, the 35-year-old Jessica Ford has been charged with three offenses, all of them felonies: Act of Physical Violence Against Property in a Restricted Grounds using a Deadly or Dangerous Weapon (vehicle), which carries a maximum of 10 years, Forcibly Resisting and Impeding Federal Officers using a Deadly or Dangerous Weapon (vehicle), and Damage to Property of the United States in Excess of $1,000, both of which carry a maximum of 20 years.
Ford kept screaming ‘I want my kids back. I want my kids back’ several times.
“Ms. Ford is actually not a dangerous person. She wasn’t trying to hurt anyone. She feels that someone has her children and is not returning them to her,” her Public Defender, Gretchen Franklin, said.
“It is crazy. It is crazy. But the fact that a person had these major mental health issues is not a mystery. It’s not a secret,” Franklin told WUSA9. “When people have major mental health issues, there are people who know about it. The time to do something is before it gets to this point.”
The 35-year-old from Tennessee said in court that she was going to visit her fiancée — President Donald Trump.
This is not the first time she did something like this. The 35-year-old woman tried scaling a fence and jumping over security gates last year, according to court documents.