Outside the DNC headquarters, Capitol Police apprehend a man armed with knives.
Donald Craighead, 44, was charged Monday with possession of a restricted firearm.
The United States Capitol Police detained a California man on weapons charges after discovering many illegal knives in a pickup truck emblazoned with white nationalist imagery near the Democratic National Committee’s Capitol Hill headquarters.
Donald Craighead, 44, was charged Monday with possession of restricted firearms after a patrolling Special Operations Division officer observed the Dodge Dakota’s license plate was not visible and pulled the driver stopped about midnight. According to police, the officer then discovered a bayonet and machete inside the truck, both of which are forbidden in Washington, D.C. Additionally, Capitol Police stated that Craighead utilized white supremacist statements during his traffic stop.
Police provided photos of his car, which included Nazi swastikas on the truck’s side mirrors, a pentagram on the steering wheel, and what looks to be the phrase “confederate” across the dashboard. Additionally, a pair of horns were attached to the truck’s front grill.
Capitol Police stated they are continuing to investigate the incident but do not believe Craighead was involved in the scheduled protests planned for later this week around the Capitol complex. Officials have been preparing for that rally in the hope of avoiding a repeat of the massive security failures on Jan. 6, when a mob of former President Donald Trump’s supporters swarmed the Capitol, overwhelmed Capitol Police, and temporarily disrupted Congress’ certification of the 2020 presidential election results.
“We commend the officers’ astute observation and coordination in making this arrest,” USCP Chief Tom Manger said in a statement announcing the arrest.
Sam Cornale, Executive Director of the Democratic National Committee, stated in a statement that Craighead’s “apparent opinions are vile,” but the organization declined to comment further on the “specifics of this current investigation.”