Jaswant Singh Chail, a 19-year-old man from Southampton, was arrested and taken into custody Saturday on the grounds of Windsor Castle after threatening to kill Queen Elizabeth with a crossbow.
The Queen of England was celebrating Christmas with Prince Charles and Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall, when the man threatened to assassinate the UK monarch. Though there was a security breach, officers quickly responded, reporting that the intruder did not enter any buildings.
WARNING: The video below may be disturbing to some viewers.
In a disturbing video released to the public, Jaswant Singh Chail can be seen wearing a mask and an all-black outfit, detailing his plans for his attack on the Queen.
“I’m sorry. I’m sorry for what I’ve done and what I will do. I will attempt to assassinate Elizabeth, queen of the royal family,” he said in the Snapchat video.
The hooded man then goes on to not only name himself, but state that he is a Sith lord, in reference to the villains from Star Wars. “I’m an Indian Sikh, a Sith,” he said. “My name was Jaswant Singh Chail, my name is Darth Jones,” presumably a reference to James Earl Jones, the voice of iconic Star Wars villain Darth Vader.
The boy’s father, Jasbir Singh Chail, 57, spoke with Daily Mail and confirmed that the suspect in question was his son. He said that the family was as confused as the public and asked for space and time to sort out just what happened that led Jaswant to perform such a stunt.
“Something’s gone horribly wrong with our son and we are trying to figure out what,” he told Daily Mail. “We’ve not had a chance to speak to him but are trying to get him the help he needs. From our perspective, we are going through a difficult time. We are trying to resolve this issue and it’s not easy.”
According to the Snapchat video posted by Jaswant Singh Chail, he said that the motive for the assassination attempt was for “those who have died in the 1919 Jallianwala Bagh massacre,” referencing an event in India over 100 years ago in which British troops killed 379 unarmed protesters and wounded roughly 1,200 others.
Chail also stated that the attack was in revenge for anyone who has ever been a victim of racism or discrimination based solely on the color of their skin.
According to London’s Metropolitan Police, the suspect carried a crossbow and climbed a garden wall’s metal fence using a rope ladder. Though security triggers helped guards capture the man within minutes of him entering the grounds, Thames Valley Police Superintendent Rebecca Mears told local reporters that the case is still being investigated to determine just how he was able to enter the site at all.
“We can confirm security processes were triggered within moments of the man entering the grounds, and he did not enter any buildings,” she said. “The man was taken into custody and has undergone a mental health assessment. He has since been sectioned under the Mental Health Act and remains in the care of medical professionals.”
In a separate social media post released online before the attack, Jaswant Singh Chail wrote that he did expect to survive the encounter, but that his mission was to assassinate the Queen.
“I’m sorry to all of those who I have wronged or lied to,” he said. “If you have received this then my death is near. Please share this with whoever and if possible, get it to the news if they’re interested.”
Everyone in the estate was alerted of the danger and no one was hurt. The Queen decided to stay at Windsor Castle again this year due to the spread of Covid-19’s Omicron variant.