Kery Lynn McAttee was arrested outside of the U.S. Capitol Police (USCP) headquarters on Wednesday after authorities saw that she had a semi-automatic rifle in her vehicle.
The 59-year-old Michigan woman seemed nonaggressive, according to police reports, but they were skeptical after finding multiple guns in her car parked in the “no parking” zone. USCP headquarters is also located near the office buildings for several senators in Washington D.C.
Tensions have also been high around U.S. Capitol Police headquarters over the past year, ever since the Jan. 6 insurrection in 2021. Last week, the country marked the first anniversary of the attack on the Capitol building with a vigil for the officers who died and a speech from President Joe Biden.
According to CBS News, Kery Lynn McAttee told officers that she just drove to Capitol Police headquarters from Michigan with “information she had about January 6, 2021.”
During their conversation, an officer found an unloaded Remington Nylon 66 .22 caliber rifle, an unloaded Connecticut Valley Arms .50 caliber muzzle loader, and a loaded Mossberg .410 caliber shotgun in her 2001 Chevrolet Silverado parked outside.
When asked, “McAttee confirmed there were firearms in her vehicle,” an officer told reporters, and was cooperative.
At this time, it is unknown what happened in the conversation between McAttee and Capitol police, but the Michigan woman was arrested shortly after on multiple weapons charges.
“We cannot provide the details of that conversation because they are now part of an open investigation,” USCP officers said. “At this time, there is no evidence the 58-year-old suspect was coming here to do anything, except speak with our officers.”
Kery Lynn McAttee was arrested and charged with unlawful possession of a weapon, possession of unregistered ammunition, unlawful possession and transportation of a semi-automatic rifle, and two misdemeanor counts of unlawful possession of a firearm.
Little is known of the Michigan woman. According to The Detroit News, 14 individuals from Michigan have been arrested and charged in crimes related to the Jan. 6 attack on the U.S. Capitol.
Back in October, two other bizarre incidents occurred outside the U.S. Capitol when a woman wielding a baseball bat bit a Capitol police officer, and a man was arrested for standing outside the Supreme Court building with a shotgun pointed at his head.
Senate Democrats made punishing Capitol rioters a major part of their agenda all throughout 2021, with the investigation continuing into the new year as well.
Donald Trump and his high-profile supporters, including Steve Bannon, Mark Meadows, and Kevin McCarthy, have all refused to cooperate with the Senate committee hearings, drawing out the lengthy investigation. Many of them face the possibility of criminal contempt charges.
Speaking to the American people last week, President Joe Biden highlighted the GOP’s opposition to comply in the investigation, as well as Donald Trump’s instigation of violence following his defeat.
“One year ago today in this sacred place, democracy was attacked — simply attacked,” President Biden said. “The will of the people was under assault, the Constitution — our Constitution — faced the gravest of threats… Our democracy held. We the people endured. We the people prevailed.”
“For the first time in our history, a president had not just lost an election. He tried to prevent the peaceful transfer of power as a violent mob reached the Capitol,” Biden continued. “But they failed. They failed. And on this day of remembrance, we must make sure that such an attack never, never happens again.”