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Mentally ill man breached security, got within feet of Joe Biden during Olympic's Opening Ceremony

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joe biden olympics.JPGA mentally ill man with a fake security pass was able to get within feet of Vice President Joe Biden during a security breach at the Opening Ceremony of the Olympic Games, according to a report from Canadian outlet CTV.

The 48-year-old British Columbia man fanagled through several layers of security inside the venue.

The man approached Biden, who was seated in a section reserved for dignitaries, but was intercepted by two female plainclothes Mounties.

"They described him to me as simply not fitting in," Royal Candian Mounted Police Assistant Commissioner Bud Mercer said.

"They approached him, determined that the accreditation he was carrying was forged or fake, confronted him and escorted him out one or two steps at which point he attempted to run and was taken into custody."

Mercer, who heads up the unit tasked with securing the Games, says members of his team were also providing security for the Vice President while he was in Vancouver taking in Olympic events.

Mercer says the man was not carrying a weapon and did not intend to harm Biden.
The disturbed man's pass was described as a crude attempt that appeared to be a laminated document he'd printed off the Internet. He will not face charges, according to police, and has instead been committed to a psychiatric facility.

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