Two suspects were arrested outside the White House late Monday after ammunition was spotted “in plain view” inside their vehicle.
According to a statement from the U.S. Secret Service, their officers discovered the vehicle parked on 15th Street Northwest and G Street Northwest. When the two suspects returned to the vehicle, they were questioned and their vehicle was subsequently searched.
“Both of them were taken into custody and arrested around 9 p.m. for weapon charges,” according to D.C. station WUSA.
“Secret Service said that the arrest had no impact on the protective operations at the White House. They also said that it is fairly routine as uniformed division officers often support DC Police with crime suppression efforts in areas near Secret Service-protected sites,” WUSA reported.
Nothing else is known at the moment about the suspects or their intentions.
The incident occurred only a day after someone or some group of people attacked the nearby Embassy of Cuba with Molotov cocktails.
“Secret Service officers were called around 8 p.m. Sunday to respond to the attack on a busy street in the Adams-Morgan section of the city. Embassy officials reported that someone had thrown a ‘possible incendiary device’ at the building,” the Associated Press reported.
The Cuban government has for its part labeled the attack a “terrorist attack.”
“We think that it’s a terrorist attack that according to that and according to the history of a terrorist attack, that for decades it has been done against Cuban diplomatic missions,” the embassy’s chief of mission, Lianys Torres Rivera, told the AP on Tuesday.
Statement of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of #Cuba about the terrorist attack against the Cuban Embassy in the United States.
— Cancillería de Cuba (@CubaMINREX) September 25, 2023
Dovetailing back to the White House, the last major incident there happened in May when a Missouri man flew to D.C., rented a U-Haul truck, and then crashed it into a security barrier — and all while waving a Nazi flag.
“Sai Varshith Kandula, 19, removed the flag from a backpack shortly after smashing the box truck into the barrier near the north side of Lafayette Square on Monday around 10 p.m., according to charging documents. He was quickly arrested by a U.S. Park Police officer who rushed to the scene of the crash and saw him take out the flag,” according to the AP.
“Kandula later told Secret Service agents that he’d flown from St. Louis on a one-way ticket that night after months of planning. He wanted to ‘get to the White House, seize power, and be put in charge of the nation,’ and he said he would ‘kill the president, if that’s what I have to do,’ charges state,” the AP reported at the time.
Following the altercation, he was arrested and “charged with threatening to kill, kidnap or inflict harm on a president, vice president or family member, as well as assault with a dangerous weapon, reckless operation of a motor vehicle, trespassing and destruction of federal property,” according to the New York Post.
But then something extraordinary happened — prosecutors dropped every single charge, leaving Kandula with nothing but “a single count of depredation of property of the United States in excess of $1,000,” the Post notes.
Critics wanted to know why.
“I don’t want to sound paranoid, but that seems like they’re trying to hush this up,” Mark Hemingway, the husband of conservative commentator Mollie Hemingway, tweeted.
See more responses below:
Wrong color. Not politically expedient for them.
— Mrs Malindo (@MrsMalindo) May 24, 2023
Unfortunately the false flag op was done so poorly they need to bury it before folks catch on even further.
— Johnny Wishbone (@JWishbon3) May 24, 2023
So were the charges downgraded because he is a Dem operative or because he is an illegal or both? @FBI
— LisaMo (@LisaMoMentor2) May 24, 2023
His truck being completely empty other than a brand new nazi flag… Im thinking he was a paid patsy and the hoax fell apart so they’re trying to let him off easy.
— Jswarens (@jeff_swarens) May 24, 2023
I wonder what this “bright, shiny object” was supposed to distract us from?
It’s starting to remind me of the story of The Boy Who Cried Wolf. Pretty soon, nobody will believe anything they’re told. Almost there now.
— Vizzpat from NJ (@Vizzpat) May 24, 2023
you know how I know this is a false flag??
if it was a real white supremacist (white dude) they would have already given him 30 years in solitary in a federal pen
— Alex (@0xAl3xC) May 24, 2023
If all of this were true, why would they drop the charges? The charges now lead me to believe he just got lost on his way somewhere and was trying to turn around. Because if all of that other stuff was true, wouldn’t it be a little bit more serious?
— Lorrie Ann (@LorrieAnn25) May 25, 2023
What they do not want to do is admit that this person came across that border illegally which is possible. I would bet lunch, that once someone starts digging into this, the flag was a plant. With a name like his it is highly unlikely he is a white supremacist. Fishy!!!
— Mark Clabaugh (@clabaugh_mark) May 24, 2023
Prior to this incident, the last major one occurred on August 8th, 2022 when a man assaulted a Secret Service officer.
“According to a Secret Service spokesperson, the incident occurred on Pennsylvania Avenue just before 12:30 p.m. and the attack was unprovoked. The officer suffered non-life-threatening injuries, and at this time, there is no known motive for the assault,” station WTTG reported.