Donald Craighead, who had weapons in swastika-tagged truck close to DNC, denied bond
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Court docket paperwork confirmed the person, 44-year-old Donald Craighead of Oceanside, California, making a collection of racist, bigoted and in any other case weird feedback to regulation enforcement officers earlier than and after his arrest.
Craighead “exhibited indicators of potential psychological sickness” all through an interview with two particular brokers Tuesday morning, the officers stated in a courtroom submitting summarizing the incident.
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“Particularly, the defendant suggested that previous to being stopped by the police, he was ‘patrolling’ for people that have been attempting to alter his magnetic frequency, and the homosexual households behind the September eleventh assault which have stalked him for years,” the brokers wrote.
Craighead was charged in Washington Superior Court docket with carrying a harmful weapon outdoors his residence or place of job. An lawyer for Craighead pleaded not responsible on his behalf and instructed the choose that “most of his historical past, aside from one incident,” is nonviolent.
Justice of the Peace Choose Lloyd Nolan Jr. ordered him detained with out bond till his subsequent courtroom date on Sept. 28.
United States Capitol Police arrested a California man who had a number of knives in his truck close to the Democratic Nationwide Committee headquarters.
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Craighead was stopped round midnight Monday after officers observed the truck, which had a Nazi swastika painted on the driving force’s facet mirror and an “American flag printout” the place the driving force’s license needs to be, idling in entrance of the DNC headquarters constructing, in response to an affidavit.
As soon as stopped, an officer observed “a big single edged bayonet model knife with a blade roughly 15 inches lengthy” on the passenger’s seat of the Dodge Dakota pickup, the affidavit stated. One other courtroom doc stated that upon additional assessment, that merchandise was really a big searching knife with a blade roughly 7.5 inches in size.
Craighead was positioned in handcuffs. When requested whether or not there have been extra weapons within the truck, he instructed officers a few 21.5-inch-long machete in a black sheath on the entrance dashboard, in response to the affidavit.
Craighead then requested one of many officers why he was being pulled over “when there are Brown folks hurting white folks,” in response to the affidavit.
Craighead used homophobic slurs in dialog with the officers. He was sporting a T-shirt related to the far-right “boogaloo motion,” which advocates for a second Civil Struggle, the affidavit stated. Craighead nonetheless claimed no affiliation with any extremist group.
A search of the truck uncovered “a field containing duck bones” and clippings of hair apparently belonging to Craighead, the interview abstract acknowledged.
Police additionally discovered a 4 small silver cans taped collectively that contained cash and enjoying cube, in addition to what gave the impression to be filth. Within the door panel was a cardboard field with the phrase “bazooka” written on it, containing small glass containers of orange paint.
The brokers additionally retrieved a journal hidden within the engine block, which included names, cellphone numbers, addresses and references to the “MK-Extremely Machine.” MK-ULTRA was an experimental, Chilly Struggle-era CIA program centered on thoughts management.
Requested concerning the White supremacist symbols on his truck — which additionally included an Odin’s cross and Norse runes, the affidavit stated — Craighead allegedly instructed the brokers he didn’t essentially subscribe to Nazi ideology.
“Nonetheless,” authorities wrote, “he agreed with having the choice of genocide for a sure group of individuals in the event that they have been to change into brainwashed.”