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‘Nazi Flag’ Bearing Suspect in U-Haul Attack on White House Arrested, Charged with Threat to President Biden

First, there was the Texas mall shooter, a Hispanic man named Mauricio Garcia, who was found to allegedly have Nazi swastika tattoos according to uncovered social media images on an obscure Russian website uncovered by a contractor with the CIA-connected Bellingcat.

Now, we have an incident equally as bizarre, but perhaps even more baffling in terms of the circumstances, the lack of clear motive, and the suspect’s apparent profile.

A U-Haul truck crashed into a security barrier near the White House on Monday night in what federal officials suspect was an intentional act.

The truck was found to have a Nazi flag inside, further raising concerns among local authorities.

The suspect’s name? Sai Varshith Kandula, a 19-year-old from Chesterfield, Missouri, who was subsequently arrested and charged by the U.S. Park Police.

Fortunately, no Secret Service or White House personnel were injured during the incident, according to a Secret Service spokesman.

The incident occurred just before 10 p.m. when the U-Haul truck forcefully broke through barriers at the north side of Lafayette Square, located near Black Lives Matter Plaza on 16th Street NW.

U.S. Park Police released a statement indicating that their initial investigation suggests Kandula intentionally crashed the truck into the bollards surrounding Lafayette Park. It remains unclear whether Kandula has legal representation, and information about his court appearance has not been immediately disclosed.

Kandula is facing several charges, including assault with a dangerous weapon, reckless operation of a motor vehicle, threatening to harm the president, vice president, or their family members, destruction of federal property, and trespassing. The authorities have not yet released any information regarding a possible motive for his actions.

An eyewitness, Benjamin Berger, who was visiting Washington, D.C., at the time, described hearing the crash and witnessing the truck repeatedly ramming into the barrier. He expressed his concern and quickly moved away from the scene, joining others who were fleeing.

Video footage and a law enforcement source revealed that a red flag featuring a Nazi symbol was found in the truck. Following the incident, a bomb squad was dispatched, and a robot was used to safely open the U-Haul. After conducting a thorough search, the Secret Service confirmed that the truck posed no further threat.

President Joe Biden’s whereabouts at the time of the incident were not immediately known, according to NBC News. However, law enforcement officials informed NBC News that no weapons or explosives were discovered inside the truck. The suspect did, however, allegedly make threatening statements related to the White House.

Visible tire marks on a curb near a series of metal poles around Lafayette Park served as a testament to the force of the collision. As a result of the ongoing investigation, streets from 15th to 17th Streets NW, and H to K Streets NW, have been temporarily closed, causing disruptions to both vehicular and pedestrian traffic.

The Metropolitan Police Department, along with D.C. Fire and EMS, is providing assistance in the investigation.

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