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In Washington, D.C., a California man was caught carrying knives and racist insignia.

The United States Capitol Police detained an Oceanside, Calif., man early Monday outside the Democratic National Committee's Washington headquarters on suspicion of possessing illegal weapons.

Around midnight, Capitol Police observed a black Dodge Dakota pickup vehicle with a swastika and other white supremacist emblems parked outside the DNC headquarters. In lieu of a license plate, the truck displayed an image of an American flag.

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Officers discovered a bayonet and machete inside the vehicle, which are prohibited in Washington, D.C., and detained the driver, Donald Craighead, 44, of Oceanside.

According to Capitol Police, Craighead claimed to be "on patrol" and began discussing "white nationalist philosophy and other white supremacy-related terminology."

The arrest comes less than a week before a planned Capitol gathering, which some officials fear would devolve into violence. In August, a man claiming to be in possession of a bomb briefly shut down Capitol Hill before surrendering to authorities.

Additionally, the arrest comes eight months after tens of thousands of protestors clashed with police during the Capitol riot on Jan. 6. Officials have not been able to determine who planted pipe bombs outside the Democratic and Republican National Committee buildings that day.

According to Capitol Police, "it is unknown whether [Craighead] intended to attend any planned rallies or if he is connected to any previous instances in the region."

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