(FiveNation.com)- On Monday, not far from the Democratic National Committee headquarters in Washington DC, US Capitol police pulled over a pickup truck driven by a 44-year-old man armed with a hunting knife and a machete.
Donald Craighead, from Oceanside, California, was booked on suspicion of possession of prohibited weapons.
Craighead’s Dodge Dakota pickup truck was spotted near DNC headquarters around midnight when Capitol police pulled him over. The truck had no plates and was decorated with a swastika and what authorities called other white supremacist symbols.
During the traffic stop, officers spotted the machete and what they believed was a bayonet – both of which are illegal in Washington DC. Craighead allegedly told officers he was “on patrol” and repeated white supremacy ideology.
NBC News tracked down Craighead’s brother and father who told them that they had been estranged from Donald for years and didn’t know where he has been living. Several years ago, Donald was diagnosed with schizophrenia, but had stopped taking his medication.
Craighead appeared in court on Tuesday where he pleaded not guilty to one count of carrying a dangerous weapon – a felony charge which, if convicted, could put Craighead in prison for five years.
Craighead had told investigators during his voluntary interview that the weapons were intended for defensive use.
During the hearing, Craighead’s defense counsel requested a psychological evaluation. Investigators who interviewed the suspect stated that Craighead appeared to be delusional and exhibited the classic signs of mental illness.
In sworn affidavits, officers said that Craighead asked why they were pulling him over “when there are brown people hurting white people?” Craighead also made anti-gay comments about a prominent Hispanic author. He also blamed the LGBT community for the 9/11 terrorist attacks. On his truck, officers found a handwritten inscription reading “death to others, White power.”
Craighead denied being a member of an extremist group. Police, however, noted that at the time of his arrest he was wearing a shirt that they claimed indicated affiliation with the “Boogaloo Boys.”
DC Superior Court Judge Lloyd Nolan remanded Craighead to jail until his next hearing.