Donald Craighead was arrested Monday morning after officers with the United States Capitol Police found a bayonet and machete inside his truck. The 44-year-old who had white supremacist symbols on his truck was doing rounds outside the Democratic National Committee headquarters. Police felt Craighead posed a threat.
According to a press release, “a Special Operation Division Officer” was patrolling around midnight when he spotted a Dodge Dakota pickup truck with a swastika “and other white supremacist symbols painted on it.” The vehicle was parked outside the DNC headquarters, raising alarms.
The press release also noted that the truck was missing a license plate. In its place, Donald Craighead had put a picture of an American flag. The police officer then pulled over the truck “along the 500 block of South Capitol Street, SW” authorities said.
Once the driver was pulled over, the officer noticed the weapons inside the vehicle. According to Washington, D.C. law, both bayonets and machetes are illegal in the Capitol. Donald Craighead was subsequently arrested for Possession of Prohibited Weapons.
Police said that the suspect was “on patrol” when he was confronted by Capitol Police. He also allegedly ranted about white supremacy ideology and “other rhetoric pertaining to white supremacy.” Authorities will continue their investigation into Craighead, including why he was outside the Democratic National Committee and whether he has any ties to previous cases in the area.
It was also reported that police suspect Donald Craighead, who lives in Oceanside, CA., may have had intentions regarding the upcoming Sept. 18 demonstrations. The upcoming rally is supposedly meant to falsely accuse the arrests of the Jan. 6 mob of being politically motivated.
According to Chief Tom Manger, Craighead’s arrest represented “good police work plain and simple.” He said that “we applaud the officers’ keen observation and the teamwork that resulted in this arrest.”
Operational Services Bureau Deputy Chief Jason Bell echoed the sentiment, claiming that “this is an excellent example of the work our officers do every day. We are so proud of these officers for their vigilance.”
In a tweet from the U.S. Capitol Police, the department posted pictures of Donald Craighead’s deck-out truck. The vehicle was altered with white supremacist symbols such as swastikas on the side view mirrors and doors. There was also the word “confederate” written out on the dashboard with the o replaced with a Norse rune often associated with white supremacist views.
Inside the truck were knives of various sizes and on the outside, a pair of antlers were sticking out of the front hood. There also appeared to be a racist symbol painted to the right of the left taillight, which sparked debate on Twitter regarding what the symbol stood for.
Donald Craighead’s arrest comes less than a month after Floyd Ray Roseberry threatened to detonate his “explosive-laden” pickup truck on Capitol Hill on Aug. 19. The 49-year-old extremist had reportedly wanted to talk to President Joe Biden on the phone and wanted the United States to conduct airstrikes over Afghanistan.
The five-hour standoff ended peacefully once Roseberry crawled out of his black pickup truck. No explosives were detonated and police secured the truck which was parked right outside the Library of Congress. Authorities claimed at the time that the truck was stuffed with coins and boxes made to look like explosives.
The extremist was reportedly unhappy with the president and the recent decision to remove troops from Afghanistan. He told his followers on a livestream that day that “the first thing I want is airstrikes in Afghanistan. Kick that Taliban’s a-s and keep them from killing people.”
Roseberry also mentioned a “revolution” that has other “patriots” joining the cause. He infamously told his viewers that “the south is coming.” It’s unclear if Donald Craighead is part of the same extremist group as Floyd Roseberry.