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A man armed with a bayonet and knives in a truck arrested near the DNC headquarters


U.S. Capitol Police arrested a Californian who had a bayonet and machete in his truck – which was painted with white supremacist symbols, including swastikas – near the Democratic National Committee headquarters early Monday morning.

A man armed with a bayonet and knives in a truck arrested near the DNC headquarters
Interior of a truck stopped near the headquarters of the Democratic National Committee, September 13, 2021.

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Donald Craighead, 44, was arrested by a Capitol Police officer and arrested for possession of prohibited weapons, according to a press release from the Capitol Police.

A man armed with a bayonet and knives in a truck arrested near the DNC headquarters
The interior of a truck pulled up near the headquarters of the Democratic National Committee on Monday.

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Craighead told police he was “on patrol” and “started talking about white supremacist ideology and other white supremacist rhetoric,” the statement said. His truck also did not have a license plate and instead bore the image of an American flag.

“It’s good police work, plain and simple,” said Chief Tom Manger. “We applaud the officers’ careful observation and the teamwork that culminated in this arrest.”

A man armed with a bayonet and knives in a truck arrested near the DNC headquarters
A truck stopped near the headquarters of the Democratic National Committee on September 13, 2021.

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Capitol Police continue to investigate Craighead and said it was not yet clear if he intended to go to protests – a rally in support of those who participated in the January 6 uprising at the Capitol is scheduled to take place later this week. Extreme right groups plan to attend.

Andres Triay contributed to this report.