Armed man arrested near Capitol Hill with unauthorized inauguration pass, 500 rounds of ammunition

Armed man arrested near Capitol Hill with unauthorized inauguration pass, 500 rounds of ammunition

A Virginia man was arrested at a Washington checkpoint near the Capitol with an “unauthorized” inauguration pass, a firearm and more than 500 rounds, according to Capitol Police.

The suspect, identified as Wesley Allen Beeler, 31, was arrested at the checkpoint near Lower Senate Park around 6:30 p.m. Friday, according to an arrest report. An unregistered gun and hundreds of cartridges were found inside the truck which was adorned with gun decals days before President-elect Joe Biden’s inauguration, Capitol Police said.

Beeler, of Front Royal, Virginia, reportedly presented an “unauthorized inauguration pass” to a Capitol Hill police officer. They did not describe what kind of material he showed that raised suspicion.

The arrest comes after the violent January 6 riot on Capitol Hill where supporters of President Donald Trump and his unsubstantiated allegations of electoral fraud stormed the building in a violent siege that left five dead and many injured .

The suspect is …

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