Police arrest man with bayonet and machete as he drove swastika-adorned truck near US Capitol

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

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

An 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.  Upon stopping the truck, he noticed a bayonet and machete, which are illegal in Washington DC, inside.

The the driver was arrested for possession of prohibited weapons. The driver, Donald Craighead, of Oceanside, California, said he was “on patrol” and began talking about white supremacist ideology and other rhetoric pertaining to white supremacy.

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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 Deputy Chief Jason Bell. “We are so proud of these officers for their vigilance.”

The USCP is continuing its investigation into the suspect.

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