WASHINGTON: Law enforcement officials have reported that a man, who was armed with explosive materials and weapons, and is wanted for crimes connected to the January 6, 2021, insurrection at the US Capitol, was apprehended on Thursday in the Washington neighborhood where former President Barack Obama resides.
Law enforcement noticed Taylor Taranto, who is 37 years old, near the former president’s residence. He tried to escape, but was pursued by US Secret Service agents. According to two law enforcement officials, Taranto currently has an open warrant for charges related to the insurrection. The officials who spoke to The Associated Press did so anonymously because they were not allowed to discuss the ongoing case publicly.
According to them, Taranto had also made threats against a public figure on social media. According to one of the officials, he was discovered in possession of weapons and had materials that could be used to make an explosive device, although he had not yet assembled one.
Fortunately, nobody got hurt. I’m not sure if the Obamas were at home when he was arrested.
The Metropolitan Police have arrested Taranto because they believe he is a fugitive from justice. The team in charge of explosives thoroughly checked Taranto’s van and confirmed that there are no threats to the public.
It’s not clear what specific actions Taranto is accused of during the riot. The riot took place when supporters of then-President Donald Trump broke windows at the Capitol and attacked police officers in an attempt to overturn the 2020 presidential election results.
Over 1,000 individuals have faced federal charges in connection with the Capitol riot. More than 600 individuals have admitted their guilt, while around 100 others have been found guilty through trials presided over by judges or juries. Over 550 people involved in the riots have been given sentences, and more than half of them have been sent to prison for periods ranging from six days to 18 years.