Donald Craighead Wiki – Donald Craighead Biography
Donald Craighead was arrested in Washington, D.C., near the Democratic National Committee headquarters on Monday, September 13, 2021. He told officers he was “on patrol” after they found weapons in his vehicle, Capitol Police said.
He is 44 years old.
U.S. Capitol Police said that Craighead was parked near the Democratic National Committee headquarters, NPR reported. They said he had a bayonet and a machete in his Dodge Dakota truck, and both are illegal in D.C. The police shared photos on Twitter showing his truck with both interior and exterior views.
According to a press statement, a Special Operation Division Officer was patroling when he noticed the truck around midnight. It stood out to him because it had white supremacist symbols and was outside the DNC headquarters.
— U.S. Capitol Police (@CapitolPolice) September 13, 2021
In a statement about the arrest, Capitol Police 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.”
Capitol Police shared that the truck had white supremacist symbols on it, including swastikas that can be seen in the photos the police shared on Twitter. One was on a side mirror, and another was drawn inside the truck.
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The truck had an American flag on the back instead of a license plate. According to the press statement, it was pulled over on the 500 block of South Capitol Street, SW.
Officials said that Craighead is from Oceanside, California. He was arrested for possession of prohibited weapons, NPR reported.
Police did not reveal if Craighead said anything about a protest planned in Washington, D.C., at the Capitol for Saturday. The protest, called Justice for J6, is taking place on September 18. The participants are protesting the people detained for participating in the Capitol riots on January 6.
ABC News reported that authorities were planning to put back fencing around the U.S. Capitol before the protest. CNN reported that if fencing is approved, it will likely be smaller than after January 6. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi is also hosting a security briefing to discuss preparations before the event; a source told CNN.
ABC News reported that all available Capitol Police officers would be working that day, along with the Washington Metropolitan Police Department having an increased presence.
Capitol Police Chief Tom Manger said about the protest: “We are closely monitoring September 18 and we are planning accordingly. After January 6, we made department-wide changes to the way we gather and share intelligence internally and externally. I am confident the work we are doing now will make sure our officers have what they need to keep everyone safe.”