U.S. Capitol Police arrested a man carrying a bayonet and machete in a truck bearing white supremacist symbols near the Democratic National Committee headquarters in Washington on Monday.
Donald Craighead, 44, of Oceanside, California, was arrested for possession of prohibited weapons. Both bayonets and machetes are illegal in Washington, according to police.
“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.
Local and federal law enforcement have been preparing for a Sept. 18 rally meant to falsely paint the arrests of members of the pro-Trump mob that stormed the U.S. Capitol as politically motivated.
A patrol officer noticed the Dodge Dakota pickup with a swastika and other white supremacist symbols outside the DNC headquarters around midnight. A picture of an American flag replaced the truck’s license plate.
Photos posted to the U.S. Capitol Police Twitter account show a black truck with a red stripe down the side and antlers mounted through the front grill.
A swastika was drawn on the driver’s side mirror, and a quarter was mounted at the center of a swastika drawn just inside the door. The word “confederate” was written over the dashboard, with a Norse rune common in white supremacist iconography replacing the letter “O.”
Officers saw the bayonet and machete inside the truck, according to police. Craighead told police he was “on patrol,” and “began talking about white supremacist ideology,” according to a press release.
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