US Capitol Police arrest man outside DNC HQ armed with machete
Man armed with a machete and driving a truck covered in swastikas and white supremacy logos is arrested outside the DNC headquarters in Washington DC
- Donald Craighead, 44, of Oceanside, California was arrested by Capitol Police outside of the Democratic National Committee headquarters
- According to the Capitol Police, a Special Operations Division Officer noticed a pickup truck with a swastika and other white supremacist symbols painted on it
- The officer then pulled the truck over, with Craighead inside, and found a bayonet and a machete – which are illegal in Washington D.C.
- Capitol Police said Craighead then started spewing white supremacist ideals
- He is charged with possession of prohibited weapons
Published: 16:21, 13 September 2021 | Updated: 16:23, 13 September 2021
A California man was arrested with machetes and knives outside of the Democratic National Committee’s headquarters in Washington, D.C. early Monday morning, where he was found sitting inside a truck covered in swastikas and other white supremacy logos.
Officials say officers pulled his truck over after they realized it did not have a license plate, and noticed there was a bayonet and a machete inside – both of which are illegal in Washington D.C.
Donald Craighead, 44, of Oceanside, California, is now being charged with possession of prohibited weapons, the United States Capitol Police announced.
It remains unclear whether he planned to attend any demonstrations, or if he has ties to any other crimes in the area, Capitol Police said.
Capitol Police officers found numerous knives, a bayonet and a machete – both of which are illegal in Washington D.C. inside a truck Monday morning
Capitol Police say a Special Operations Division Officer was on patrol at around midnight on Monday, when he noticed a Dodge Dakota pickup truck outside the Democratic National Committee headquarters in Washington D.C.
It had a swastika and other white supremacist symbols painted on it, Capitol Police report
The truck did not have a license plate, but instead had a picture of an American flag where the license plate should have been
According to the Capitol Police, a Special Operations Division Officer was on patrol at around midnight on Monday, when he noticed a Dodge Dakota pickup truck with a swastika and other white supremacist symbols painted on it.
The truck did not have a license plate, and instead had a picture of an American flag placed where the license plate should have been.
The officer then pulled Craighead over, the police report, and noticed a bayonet and machete in his car.
Both weapons are illegal in D.C.
Officers say Craighead then told them he was ‘on patrol,’ and began talking about white supremacist ideology and other rhetoric pertaining to white supremacy.
‘This is an excellent example of the work our officers do every day,’ said Operational Services Bureau Deputy Chief Jason Bell. ‘We are proud of these officers for their vigilance.’
The truck was parked outside the Democratic National Headquarters, pictured
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