A seventy-one-year-old man has been arrested with a gun and twenty rounds of 9mm ammo while parked at an intersection near the Rayburn House Office Building just steps away from the Capitol in downtown Washington, DC.
Dennis Westover from South Charleston in West Virginia was arrested on various charges including having unregistered ammunition and unlawfully possessing a firearm.
He was arrested shortly before 2 pm on Wednesday in the middle of an intersection by Capitol Police.
They found the 9mm black Sig Sauer in his vehicle along with 20 rounds of ammunition.
NBC 4 investigative reporter Scott MacFarlane tweeted that he didn’t see any federal or DC criminal proceedings in this guy’s past.
The Rayburn building, named after former Speaker of the House Sam Rayburn, is where 169 of the 435 members of the House of Representatives have their offices. The building is connected to the Capitol by a subway tunnel with two cars.
More than 20,000 members of the National Guard were deployed all over downtown Washington, DC in the days leading up to the inauguration of President Joe Biden on 20 January.
Seven thousand guards remained in the nation’s capital, and as many as 5,000 will stay at least through the end of March as a threat looms over the second impeachment trial of former President Donald Trump.
And according to Politico, a 25 January memo said the National Guard will stay in continued support of District and Federal civil authorities during anticipated First Amendment demonstrations and Civil Disturbance in the District of Columbia.
In addition to DC’s National Guard, of which there are 3,400 members, troops from Maryland have been ordered to remain at least until 15 March and several units were still being asked to work 12-hour shifts as of Monday.
The Department of Homeland Security issued a national terrorism bulletin Wednesday, warning of the lingering potential of violence from people driven by anti-government sentiment after Joe Biden’s election, implying the 6 January riot on the Capitol may encourage radicals and set the stage for further attacks.
The department didn’t mention any specific plots but pointed to a heightened threat environment across the United States that it believes will continue for weeks after Joe Biden’s inauguration.
And it’s not unusual for the federal government to warn local law enforcement through bulletins about the prospect for violence tied to a particular event or date, such as July 4.
But it’s crazy that in America they have to be concerned with domestic terrorisms, and there appears to be increasing concern about the menace of terrorism, with fanatics that are triggered by political, racial, ethnic, economic, health and other grievances.
But twenty round of 9mm. Yes, of course, that’s a threat, but let’s not exaggerate when there have been reports related to Capitol invaders as having had dozens of weaponry at home and multiple thousands of rounds.
However, police also found ‘Stop the Steal’ paperwork and contact information for both US and West Virginia legislators in his vehicle, and according to police records, the man was agitated, yelling at National Guard members inside the Capitol fence line perimeter.
And the 71-year-old told the arresting officer that he wanted to see the fence that was around his Capital, and according to court records, Westover told detectives during an interview that he was concerned about the honesty and integrity of the election, and that now he listens to both sides.
The documents said Westover was cooperative during his arrest and questioning and he said that we have some polar extremes of opinion in this nation and that while he believed there was election fraud, at this point, it was a debatable subject.