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.
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.
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.”
Capitol Police continue to investigate Craighead and said it was not yet clear if he intended to go to protests – ain support of those who participated in the at the Capitol is scheduled to take place later this week. Extreme right groups .
Andres Triay contributed to this report.