A pick-up truck is parked on the sidewalk in front of the Thomas Jefferson Library of Congress. Photo: Carolyn Kaster / AP / dpa
The 49-year-old was arrested without resistance, said the head of the Capitol Police, Tom Manger, in Washington. A bomb was not found in the vehicle, the police said. However, possible material for the construction of bombs had been secured. The man’s motive was initially unclear.
The police had previously announced that the suspect drove a truck to the Library of Congress that morning and stopped there. He told the police that he had a bomb. Thereupon they talked to the man about a “peaceful solution”.
Videos appeared on the net that are supposed to show the man in the vehicle. The police did not confirm the authenticity of the videos. The footage shows a man sitting in a vehicle filming himself and asking to speak to President Joe Biden on the phone. He also talks about Afghanistan, patriots and a revolution.
On January 6, an angry mob stormed the Capitol. The attackers wanted to prevent Congress – the US Parliament – from officially confirming Biden’s election victory over then US President Donald Trump. In April, despite significantly tightened security measures, an attacker killed a police officer in front of the parliament building and seriously injured another. (SDA)