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Newspaper Says Denver Man Arrested Inside White House Family Quarters

January 29, 1985

DENVER (AP) _ A man who said he wanted to see the inauguration was arrested after he wandered through the White House and was found sitting at a table in President Reagan’s private dining room, a published report said Tuesday.

Robert Latta told aides to Rep. Pat Schroeder, D-Colo., that he was unable to obtain a ticket to tour the White House, so he entered in the company of the Marine Band before the president’s private swearing-in ceremony, the Rocky Mountain News said in Tuesday’s editions.

Latta, of Denver, wandered freely through the building, according to the account, until he was discovered sitting at the dining room table in the Reagans’ second-floor family quarters.

Anthony Tansimore, a staff member in Schroeder’s Washington office, said Monday that Latta’s attorney confirmed the account, the newspaper said.

Secret Service spokesman Mike Tarr told the newspaper that Latta was arrested by the service’s uniformed division for ″unlawful entry into the White House″ on Jan. 20, the day of Reagan’s swearing-in ceremony.

Latta entered the complex through its eastern entrance, Tarr said.

″I am not going to get into how it happened and any more of the particulars,″ Tarr said. ″This case is pending further judicial action, and these details are more for courtroom testimony than for my comment.″

Neither the White House nor the Secret Service announced Latta’s intrusion when it occurred.

Monday, Latta returned to Schroeder’s office and said he had spent the last eight days in jail and had been released on a bond of $1,000 that morning, the News reported.

Dan Buck, Schroeder’s top aide, said a District of Columbia court hearing for Latta is set for March 5.

A day after the incident, Reagan went through a public inauguration at the Capitol on a day so cold that the outside ceremony and parade were canceled because of record-setting cold.

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