Officers on patrol noticed the Dodge Dakota pickup truck around midnight Sunday. Police said the truck did not have a license plate but rather a photo of an American flag.
Officers stopped the truck and noticed a bayonet and a machete, which are illegal in the District of Columbia. The driver, identified as Donald Craighead, 44, of Oceanside, Calif., Was arrested.
The arrest comes as law enforcement officials already brace for potential clashes and unrest at an upcoming right-wing rally in Washington, DC on Saturday, according to an internal Capitol Police memo reviewed by CNN last week.
Capitol Police have officially asked the Capitol Police Board to put up temporary fences around the complex ahead of the rally, a source close to the planning told CNN. The Capitol Police Board will make the final appeal, but the recommendation will weigh heavily in its final decision.
Monday’s incident also comes a month after an hour-long standoff near the United States Capitol on August 19 in which a 49-year-old suspect from North Carolina claimed to have an explosive device. This incident led to the evacuation of several buildings in the region. After the suspect’s arrest, USCP said no bomb was found in the suspect’s truck, but that he had suspected bomb-making equipment.
CNN’s Melanie Zanona, Whitney Wild and Annie Grayer contributed to this report.