US Capitol Police arrest California man with bayonet and machete

A California man with multiple knives in his truck was arrested on Monday morning in Washington DC by the United States Capitol Police (USCP).

(C) U.S. Capitol Police The Dodge Dakota pickup truck had a bayonet and machete inside – U.S. Capitol Police

USCP said that the man was driving near the Democratic National Committee (DNC) headquarters when his vehicle was pulled over.

A Special Operation Division Officer on patrol noticed the Dodge Dakota pickup truck around midnight, seeing a swastika and other white supremacist symbols painted on it. The force said the officer also noticed that the driver had placed a picture of the American flag where the vehicle’s license plate should have been and that he was outside of the DNC headquarters. Finally, he noticed a bayonet and machete, which are illegal in Washington DC, inside the truck.

The Capitol Police officer pulled over the truck along the 500 block of South Capitol Street and the driver was arrested for Possession of Prohibited Weapons. Donald Craighead of Oceanside, California, said he was “on patrol” and began talking about white supremacist ideology and other rhetoric pertaining to white supremacy.

(C) Provided by The Telegraph The Dodge Dakota pickup truck with no number plate – U.S. Capitol Police

At this time, it is not clear whether the 44-year-old was planning to attend any upcoming demonstrations or if he has any ties to any previous cases in the area. USCP Chief Tom Manger said: “This is good police work plain and simple, we applaud the officers’ keen observation and the teamwork that resulted in this arrest.”

“This is an excellent example of the work our officers do every day,” said Operational Services Bureau Deputy Chief Jason Bell. “We are so proud of these officers for their vigilance.”

The USCP Investigations Division is continuing their investigation into the suspect.

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