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The Swiss ambassador to the United States was assaulted inside his DC residence by an intruder, court documents show.
The shocking home invasion occurred around 2 p.m. Monday at the ambassador’s home, which is attached to the embassy, according to the records.
The suspect, Christian David Mandeville of Oregon, had been denied entry to the property — so he hopped the outside security fence and pushed his way into the residence, the documents and Swiss officials said.
A male Secret Service agent was quickly called to the location — with Mandeville still inside, the documents said.
The agent went into the home with the ambassador, Jacques Pitteloud, whose name does not appear in the court documents.
They came upon the suspect, and when the diplomat made a move to try to block Mandeville, the suspect “used his arms to knock away the Ambassador’s arms,’’ the papers said.
“Mandeville then used his body to try and push his way past the Ambassador. His actions pushed the Ambassador backward,’’ the documents said.
The agent said in the documents that he was finally able to bring the suspect to the ground and take him into custody, although the officer suffered cuts to his forearm in the process.
Mandeville had left a backpack just outside the gate to the property, and the area was temporarily cleared while it was investigated, the documents said. It was unclear what the bag contained.
Mandeville was charged with assault on a foreign official, resisting arrest and unlawful entry.
The Embassy of Switzerland told The Post in a statement, “Neither the Ambassador nor any Embassy staff were harmed in this incident.
“The Embassy of Switzerland thanks the U.S. Secret Service and Metropolitan Police Department for their quick response.”
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