Knife and Machete Seized By Capitol Police (File)

Police Arrest Man With Knife And Machete In Front Of U.S. Capitol

Knife and Machete Seized By Capitol Police (File)
Knife and Machete Seized By Capitol Police (File)

A man wielding a machete and knife was apprehended by the United States Capitol Police (USCP) at the Capitol Complex on Tuesday.

Jose Leonardo Marquez, 23, was carrying a brick, knife, and machete near the East Portico of the U.S. Capitol building.

He was approached by a USCP officer who, upon noticing the machete, arrested him with backup from other officers.

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The USCP officer drew his service weapon after noticing the machete under the suspect’s clothes and ordered him to put his hands up, after which he was arrested. Leonardo Marquez was charged with “Carrying a Dangerous Weapon and Possession of a Prohibited Weapon,” and USCP noted that there was “no evidence” to suggest that he posed a threat to members of Congress.

“This is another example of the vigilance and strong intuition of our USCP officers,” U.S. Capitol Police Chief Tom Manger said, according to the statement. “I am proud of our cops who routinely work to keep everyone around the U.S. Capitol safe.”

The USCP later posted pictures of the knife and machete on social media. Both houses of Congress are currently in recess until January.

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