Ex-Officer recalls the Reagans
10:00 PM PDT on Tuesday, July 19, 2011

Special to The Press-Enterprise

After leaving the White House in January 1989, Ronald and Nancy Reagan continued to attract visitors to their home in Bel Air.

At least one visitor, however, was not invited.

On the afternoon of July 4, 1990, while the Reagans were celebrating Independence Day at their home, Gregory Stuart Gordon climbed over a wall around their property and entered the house through the front door, passing through the foyer.

When Gordon was discovered in the backyard, he was apprehended by Secret Service Special Officer Fernando Ricafrente, who held the intruder against a wall and, with his weapon drawn, called for assistance.

Two agents arrived, and the three led Gordon to the front of the house. As they placed him in a prone position on the ground, Gordon said, "Ronald Reagan is the anti-Christ; he must be killed and I must kill him." A former mental patient, Gordon was sentenced to two years in prison.

Ricafrente, who now lives in Romoland, still remembers that day.