Capitol police said they arrested a man from California early Monday near the headquarters of the Democratic National Committee in Washington and that they found multiple knives, a bayonet and a machete in his truck.
Police officers said that around midnight on Sunday they noticed the truck, with a sign of Nazism and other supremacist symbols painted on it. Instead of the license plate, police said the truck had a photograph of an American flag.
It is illegal to carry bayonets or machete in Washington. The detainee, Donald Craighead, 44, of Oceanside, California, said he was “on patrol,” police said. Craighead was charged with possession of a prohibited weapon.
Police said they are continuing investigations into the suspect.
Security remains high near the Capitol, not far from the Democratic Party headquarters, following the January 6 attack on the Capitol building by hundreds of supporters of former President Donald Trump. The incident came after lawmakers were certifying he had lost his re-election race last November to Democrat Joe Biden, who took office as president on Jan. 20.
People supporting more than 600 protesters arrested eight months ago are planning a rally titled “Justice for January 6” in Washington this Saturday. About 50 people have pleaded guilty to a number of charges, while the rest of the court cases are pending, with some suspects remaining in jail awaiting trial.
Capitol police said in a statement Monday that they were aware of “online conversations” about the demonstration planned for Saturday.
“I urge anyone who is thinking of causing trouble to stay home. “We will enforce the law and we will not tolerate violence,” said security chief Tom Manger.
Police approved a plan Monday to temporarily restore a fence around the Capitol building in anticipation of Saturday’s demonstration.
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