A Californian, who had a bayonet and a machete with him, was arrested near the headquarters of the Democratic National Committee in Washington, authorities said Monday.
Donald Craighead, a 44-year-old Oceanside resident, has been arrested on suspicion of possession of prohibited weapons, United States Capitol Police have said.
Craighead’s Dodge Dakota pickup truck, decorated with a swastika and other symbols of white supremacy, was spotted near the DNC headquarters around midnight, authorities said.
The truck did not have a license plate, but instead had an image of an American flag where the plate should have been, officials said.
Capitol Police stopped the truck along the 500 block of South Capitol Street, SW.
“This is good police work outright,” Capitol Police Chief Tom Manger said in a statement. “We applaud the officers’ careful observation and the teamwork that culminated in this arrest.”
Officers spotted the bayonet and machete, which are illegal in Washington DC, inside the truck, authorities said.
Craighead reportedly told police he was “on patrol” and expressed a white supremacist ideology.
On Monday, it was not immediately clear whether Craighead had ever hired or assigned a lawyer.
Craighead’s brother and father in California told NBC News the suspect has been separated from his family for years and his relatives do not know where he lives.
Years ago, the suspect was diagnosed with schizophrenia and responded well to the drugs before he stopped taking them, according to his father, also named Donald Craighead.
“It’s (now) a homeless wanderer who calls me when he needs money for food,” said the concerned father. “No, he’s not doing well.”
A DNC representative could not immediately be reached for comment on Monday.
Frank Thorp V and Helene kwong contributed.