Man arrested outside US Capitol with gun and fake inauguration credentials

Police in Washington, D.C have arrested a man after he approached the US Capitol with a gun and fake inauguration credentials.

The man, believed to have driven from Virginia to Washington, D.C, allegedly approached the Capitol in his vehicle when police stopped him.

When authorities searched his car they allegedly found a handgun and 500 rounds of ammunition.

Members of the National Guard change shifts as they exit through anti-scaling security fencing on Saturday, Jan. 16, 2021, in Washington as security is increased ahead of the inauguration of President-elect Joe Biden and Vice President-elect Kamala Harris. (AP)
A lock on anti-scaling security fencing is seen on Saturday, Jan. 16, 2021, in Washington as security is increased ahead of the inauguration of President-elect Joe Biden and Vice President-elect Kamala Harris. (AP)

Police are now trying to establish what his motive was.

The arrest come as all 50 states across the US remain on alert for for possible protests ahead of President-elect Joe Biden’s inauguration in just four days’ time.

Soldiers have been sent across the country to discourage a repeat of the deadly siege at the Capitol in recent weeks.

Meanwhile more security is being deployed across the Capitol with the number of guards to be stationed by Inauguration Day upped from 20,000 to 25,000.

A Capitol Police Officer block an intersection to traffic as military personnel work by anti-scaling security fencing on Saturday, Jan. 16, 2021, in Washington. (AP)
A member of the Capitol Police talks with Supreme Court Police by members of the National Guard, as military personnel work by anti-scaling security fencing on Saturday, Jan. 16, 2021, in Washington. (AP)

They are more worried about the possibility of a lone-wolf-style attack particularly using a vehicle or maybe some sort of IED, rather than protests.

Road blocks and bridge closures are also being introduced to reduce the threat of an attack on the day.

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