Police in Washington, D.C have arrested a man after he allegedly approached the US Capitol with a gun and fake inauguration credentials.
The man, believed to have driven from Virginia to Washington, D.C, allegedly approached the Capitol in his vehicle when police stopped him.
When authorities searched his car they allegedly found a handgun and 500 rounds of ammunition.
Police are now trying to establish what his motive was.
The arrest comes as states across the US states bolster security ahead of President-elect Joe Biden’s official inauguration.
The FBI says it has received information warning of “armed protests” at all 50 state capitols beginning on Saturday and in Washington, D.C, beginning on Sunday.
Domestic extremists pose the most likely threat to the inauguration, particularly those who believe the incoming administration is illegitimate, according to a joint bulletin from the Department of Homeland Security, FBI and eight other agencies and obtained by CNN.
The assessment, dated January 14, provides a breakdown of additional concerns leading up to Tuesday, including possible violence.
“In light of the storming of the US Capitol on 6 January, planned events in Washington, D.C, in the lead up to and day of Inauguration Day offer continued opportunities for violence targeting public officials, government buildings, and federal and local law enforcement,” it reads.
By the busload and planeload, National Guard troops were pouring into the nation’s capital on Saturday, as governors answered the urgent pleas of US defense officials for more troops to help safeguard Washington even as they keep anxious eyes on possible violent protests in their own states.
In dribs and drabs, governors responded, some agreeing to send an extra dozen, 100 or even 1,000, while others said no.
The number of guards to be stationed by Inauguration Day upped from 20,000 to 25,000.
Road blocks and bridge closures are also being introduced to reduce the threat of an attack on the day.
-reported with CNN, Associated Press
Source: 9News | World News