A man driving a car containing swords, muskets, black powder and a bayonet was arrested Thursday near the Capitol, just hours before President Barack Obama gave a jobs speech to a joint session of Congress.
Jonathan Andrews, 53, was driving a tan 1998 Chevy Blazer with Indiana license plates on Independence Avenue near the Southeast corner of the Capitol when officers pulled him over at about 3:30 p.m. He had been “attempting to turn into an on-coming lane of traffic,” according to police records.
Andrews informed officers “that he had weapons and black powder in his vehicle,” according to the police report. A search uncovered two muskets with cloth cases, a 2-foot-long bayonet, two swords each about 2 feet in length, scabbards and three 16-ounce cans of black powder.
Sgt. Kimberly Schneider, a Capitol Police spokeswoman, said Wednesday that the man was on his way to Mount Vernon in Alexandria, Va., for a re-enactment event.
Andrews was arrested on a charge of unlawful possession of a weapon and two charges of carrying a deadly weapon. It was unclear Wednesday afternoon whether he had been indicted in court on any charges.
Rep. Elijah Cummings, D-Md., right, hugs Harold Schaitberger, General President of the International Association of Fire Fighters, after the Congressman spoke at the IAFF's Legislative Conference General Session at the Hyatt Regency on Capitol Hill, March 9, 2015. The day featured addresses by members of Congress and Vice President Joe Biden.