The police report, which described the incident as “unlawful entry,” did not specify whether the man entered the home, which is located in an upscale neighborhood in northwest Washington about five miles from the White House. Singh told police the man “unlawfully entered the front yard” of his property and that he did not know the man, the report said.
The incident came days after the national security official became a public face of the Biden administration‘s sanctions on Russia, which escalated in response to the invasion of Ukraine. Singh joined White House Press Secretary Jen Psaki before briefing cameras in the room on February 22-24 to explain the government’s increasingly muscular stance on Moscow.
There was no direct evidence linking Singh’s work in administration to the alleged incident. Singh was not at home at the time, according to a person familiar with the incident, who spoke on condition of anonymity to discuss the details.
“No one in law enforcement has told the property owners that this has anything to do with their job,” said this person. “As far as we know, this could just be a neighborhood creep that was on her front yard.”
However, some officials have internally raised concerns about the incident, particularly given that it came so soon after Singh became such a prominent figure in the imposition of US sanctions, according to a government official familiar with internal deliberations and under the Spoke on condition of anonymity because they were not authorized to discuss the matter.
The White House declined to comment, as did a Secret Service spokesman involved in the investigation.
The DC police report states that the incident occurred at 1:08 p.m. on February 26 and ended at 1:18 p.m. Local officials later told a neighbor that they were “investigating a possible burglary,” according to two neighbors. Neighbors said some living in nearby houses were later approached by Secret Service agents for surveillance footage.
The DC police investigation and search for the fleeing man appear to have stalled. On March 8, according to the DC police report, investigators temporarily halted their investigation because there were no leads to possible suspects.
Singh was not a well-known White House official until a few weeks ago. Before coming to the White House, he served as head of the markets team at the Federal Reserve Bank of New York and the Treasury Department during the Obama administration.
“Through [Russian President Vladimir] Putin’s decisions, his blatant violation of international law and his utter disregard for the principles that underpin peace and security around the world, we will now ensure that his decision is remembered as a strategic failure,” Singh said during his public appearance on April 24 . February
Peter Hermann and Alice Crites contributed to this report.