Capitol police arrested a man on Friday who tried to enter the fenced perimeter of downtown Washington, USA, with “unauthorized” accreditation, at least one unregistered weapon and more than 500 bullets.
The news of this arrest, advanced by the American television station CNN and the “New York Times”, happened a few days before the inauguration of the President-elect of the United States, Joe Biden, scheduled for Wednesday.
According to CNN, the arrest took place at 6:30 pm local Friday (11:30 pm in Lisbon), when the man approached one of the police checkpoints near the Capitol, one of many created along the perimeter security that prevents entry into the center of the United States capital.
The man, residing in Front Royal, Virginia, presented police officers with an accreditation to access the security perimeter that “is not authorized by the government,” according to sources at the NYT.
When the agents asked him if he was carrying weapons, the man replied that he had a semi-automatic Glock pistol, which was loaded with 17 bullets.
After the arrest, police seized the gun, another 509 bullets, 21 shotgun shells and a magazine for the pistol in the suspect’s truck, according to a police report to which television and the New York newspaper had access.
The man, a contractor identified as Wesley Beeler, 31, was indicted for five crimes, including possession of a gun and ammunition in Washington without proper registration.
The documents already delivered to the court and the report of the incident made by the DC metropolitan police do not explain why the man tried to access a restricted area of the Capitol, nor do they provide more details about the credential used.
Paul Beeler, the detainee’s father, says his son recently started working as a security guard in the Capitol area and that he has had other jobs as a private security guard over the years. “He was proud of the work he was doing with the police and the National Guard”, indicated to the NYT.
Washington and the capitals of the 50 US states are on high alert this weekend, after the FBI has indicated it has information on “armed protests” scheduled between today and Wednesday.
Clues on social media pointed to the possibility of a second assault on Congress, as well as other state buildings in the capitals.
On January 6, thousands of supporters of the outgoing President, Donald Trump, and supporters of the far right invaded the Capitol, which houses the Senate and House of Representatives, which on that day gathered for the last step of confirming Joe Biden as President.
Five people died in the clashes that followed this invasion, including a Capitol police officer.
On Friday, the Pentagon announced that it had authorized the movement of more than 25,000 military personnel to the streets of Washington, for the protection of various areas, mainly the National Mall, where the most important points of American politics gather, including the White House, the Capitol and other emblematic monuments.
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