Capitol Police arrest man with machete and bayonet in pickup painted with swastika near DNC HQ
- U.S. Capitol Police arrested a man who had banned weapons in a truck near Democratic National Committee headquarters.
- The vehicle had swastikas and other white supremacist symbols painted on it, according to the department.
- The arrest came less than a week before people were set to gather at the Capitol for a rally in support of the hundreds jailed in connection with the deadly Jan. 6 Capitol invasion.
According to a statement from the U.S. Capitol Police, a special operation division officer noticed a Dodge Dakota truck emblazoned with a swastika and other white supremacist symbols around midnight. In place of a license plate, the truck had a picture of the American flag.
“It is not clear if he was planning to attend any upcoming demonstrations or if he has ties to any previous cases in the area,” according to a police press release.
The cop approached to see what was up, and USCP says their guy saw a bayonet and a machete inside, plus a ton of other white supremacist symbols. Craighead — who had come all the way from Oceanside, CA — was booked for possession of prohibited weapons.
As for what the heck he was doing there in the first place, Capitol Police say Craighead told them he was on “patrol” … and that he started spewing hate-filled rhetoric.
The symbols are scribbled on the inside of his door, on his steering wheel … and the side-view mirrors.