Capitol Police Arrest California Man Near DNC Headquarters

In Summary

Donald Craighead was arrested by Capitol Police outside the DNC headquarters with weapons in his truck. 

Officers arrested 44-year-old Donald Craighead from Oceanside, California, who was driving a Dodge Dakota pickup truck that had a bayonet and a machete knife. 

The truck had a swastika and white supremacist symbols painted on it, according to CNN.  

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

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The incident comes after a comparable situation happened a month prior at the Capitol. North Carolina native Floyd Ray Roseberry, 49, was arrested when he claimed to have a bomb. 

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The incident comes at a time when the nation’s capital is preparing for the “Justice for J6 Rally” on Sept. 18. Law enforcement officials are preparing for the possibility of unrest and clashes, according to a Capitol Police Memo that was reviewed by CNN

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As a result, the US Capitol Police board will be reinstalling fencing around the building, just like they did after the Jan. 6 Insurrection. 

“We want to reassure everyone these are temporary measures to ensure everyone’s safety,” said Capitol Police Chief Tom Manger in a press release. “We are extremely grateful for the support we continue to receive from the local community and our Congressional stakeholders as we carry out our critical mission.” 

The rally is designed to support the people who were charged with storming the Capitol on that fateful January day. 

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