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Authorities arrested a Californian on Monday morning who had a bayonet and a machete inside his van parked near the Democratic National Committee headquarters.
According to a statement from the United States Capitol Police, a Special Operations Division officer noticed a Dodge Dakota truck emblazoned with a swastika and other symbols of white supremacy around midnight. Instead of a license plate, the truck had a photo of the American flag.
Officers arrested the driver, Donald Craighead, 44, of Oceanside, Calif., For possession of prohibited weapons, including a bayonet and a machete.
“This is good police work outright,” US Capitol Police Chief Tom Manger said in a statement. “We applaud the officers’ careful observation and the teamwork that culminated in this arrest.”
According to the USCP, Craighead claimed he was “on patrol” and spoke about white supremacy.
The arrest came less than a week before people gathered on the United States Capitol for a rally in support of the hundreds of pro-Trump supporters who have been indicted in connection with the January 6 insurgency .
“At the moment, it is not clear whether he is planning to attend any upcoming protests or if he has any links to previous cases in the region,” the department said.
Less than a month ago, Capitol Police arrested a North Carolina man who claimed to have a bomb in his van outside the Library of Congress.