Man arrested this morning in white supremacist truck with weapons near DNC headquarters said he was "on patrol"

US Capitol Police arrested Donald Craighead, 44, of Oceanside, California, outside the Democratic National Committee headquarters this morning in a Dodge Dakota pickup truck emblazoned with white supremacist symbols and a swastika. The vehicle had an American flag graphic in lieu of a license plate. Craighead was reportedly carrying a bayonet and machete in the vehicle. From NPR:

According to the USCP, Craighead claimed he was "on patrol" and spoke about white supremacy.

The arrest was made less than a week before people are set to gather at the U.S. Capitol for a rally in support of the hundreds of pro-Trump supporters who were charged in connection with the Jan. 6 insurrection.

"At this time, it is not clear if he was planning to attend any upcoming demonstrations or if he has ties to any previous cases in the area," the department said.