Decide denies bond for man who had weapons in swastika-tagged pickup parked close to DNC headquarters


United States Capitol Police arrested a California man who had a number of knives in his truck close to the Democratic Nationwide Committee headquarters.

Supply: Capitol Police Twitter.

A choose Tuesday ordered a California man to be held with out bond, a day after he was arrested close to the Democratic Nationwide Committee Headquarters in Washington, D.C., the place police say they discovered weapons in a pickup truck displaying white supremacist symbols.

Courtroom paperwork confirmed the person, 44-year-old Donald Craighead of Oceanside, California, making a collection of racist, bigoted and in any other case weird feedback to regulation enforcement officers earlier than and after his arrest.

Craighead “exhibited indicators of attainable psychological sickness” all through an interview with two particular brokers Tuesday morning, the officers mentioned in a court docket submitting summarizing the incident.

United States Capitol Police arrested a California man who had a number of knives in his truck close to the Democratic Nationwide Committee headquarters.

Supply: U.S. Capitol Twitter

“Particularly, the defendant suggested that previous to being stopped by the police, he was ‘patrolling’ for people that have been attempting to vary his magnetic frequency, and the homosexual households behind the September 11th assault which have stalked him for years,” the brokers wrote.

Craighead was charged in Washington Superior Courtroom with carrying a harmful weapon outdoors his residence or office. An lawyer for Craighead pleaded not responsible on his behalf and advised the choose that “most of his historical past, aside from one incident,” is nonviolent.

Justice of the Peace Decide Lloyd Nolan Jr. ordered him detained with out bond till his subsequent court docket date on Sept. 28.

United States Capitol Police arrested a California man who had a number of knives in his truck close to the Democratic Nationwide Committee headquarters.

Supply: Capitol Police Twitter

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Craighead was stopped round midnight Monday after officers observed the truck, which had a Nazi swastika painted on the driving force’s facet mirror and an “American flag printout” the place the driving force’s license must be, idling in entrance of the DNC headquarters constructing, in response to an affidavit.

As soon as stopped, an officer observed “a big single edged bayonet fashion knife with a blade roughly 15 inches lengthy” on the passenger’s seat of the Dodge Dakota pickup, the affidavit mentioned. One other court docket doc mentioned that upon additional evaluation, that merchandise was truly a big searching knife with a blade roughly 7.5 inches in size.

Craighead was positioned in handcuffs. When requested whether or not there have been extra weapons within the truck, he advised officers a couple of 21.5-inch-long machete in a black sheath on the entrance dashboard, in response to the affidavit.

Craighead then requested one of many officers why he was being pulled over “when there are Brown individuals hurting white individuals,” in response to the affidavit.

Craighead used homophobic slurs in dialog with the officers. He was carrying a T-shirt related to the far-right “boogaloo motion,” which advocates for a second Civil Struggle, the affidavit mentioned. Craighead however claimed no affiliation with any extremist group.

A search of the truck uncovered “a field containing duck bones” and clippings of hair apparently belonging to Craighead, the interview abstract acknowledged.

Police additionally discovered a 4 small silver cans taped collectively that contained cash and taking part in cube, in addition to what seemed to be dust. Within the door panel was a cardboard field with the phrase “bazooka” written on it, containing small glass containers of orange paint.

The brokers additionally retrieved a journal hidden within the engine block, which included names, telephone numbers, addresses and references to the “MK-Extremely Machine.” MK-ULTRA was an experimental, Chilly Struggle-era CIA program targeted on thoughts management.

Requested in regards to the White supremacist symbols on his truck — which additionally included an Odin’s cross and Norse runes, the affidavit mentioned — Craighead allegedly advised the brokers he didn’t essentially subscribe to Nazi ideology.

“Nevertheless,” authorities wrote, “he agreed with having the choice of genocide for a sure group of individuals in the event that they have been to grow to be brainwashed.”

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