US Capitol Police officers arrested a 40-year-old Florida man who was carrying a sword — and six daggers — near Senate office buildings.
The bizarre bust Monday is the latest unsettling event since the Jan. 6 Capitol riot, where supporters of then-President Donald Trump overwhelmed police lines.
And it follows a deadly attack last month, when a Nation of Islam adherent plowed a car into Capitol Police Officer William Evans, killing him at an intersection between the Capitol and Senate offices.
Capitol Police said the sword-toting suspect in the latest incident, Sherman Michael Newman, was spotted north of the Capitol complex shortly after 4 p.m.
“[The responding officer] observed the Suspect walking and carrying a sword in the 100 block of Massachusetts Avenue, NE,” according to a weekly public police arrest log.
“A stop was conducted in the 100 block of Maryland Avenue, NE, and during a search of the Suspect, six dirk knives were discovered. The Suspect was placed under arrest and transported to Headquarters for processing.”
Newman faces criminal charges for illegally carrying a dangerous weapon. Court documents identify him as a resident of Bradenton, Fla., which is near Tampa.
Newman allegedly told police that the sword, which was sheathed and slung over his back, “was for his protection because people were trying to harm him,” according to a police affidavit.
About an hour after the sword and dagger arrest, Capitol Police arrested another person blocks away for “doing doughnuts in the 200 block of Constitution Avenue, NW, across multiple lanes of traffic,” according to the department’s arrest log.
The wild day comes amid a chaotic year for Capitol Police.
After the Capitol riot, Officer Brian Sicknick died of a stroke after intense fighting with the pro-Trump mob, which smashed into the building and engaged in hours of hand-to-hand combat with cops. Officer Howard Liebengood took his own life after the riot.