Capitol Police Files


Simple assault — April 29 — A U.S. Capitol Police officer canvassing for an assault suspect near Union Station on this Sunday morning saw a woman yelling and waving her hand. The officer approached the woman, who yelled that the suspect had assaulted her and tried to take her money. The suspect was detained while the officer interviewed the complainant and a witness. A background check revealed that the suspect was an endangered missing person from Prince George’s County. The suspect was placed under arrest and transported to police headquarters. 

Driving under the influence  —  May 4 — A Capitol Police officer conducting a vehicle inspection near the Capitol South Metro station Friday evening heard the squealing of vehicle tires and saw a vehicle traveling southbound. The officer observed a person lying on the hood of a vehicle trying to hold on while the vehicle was in motion. The officer stopped the vehicle and detected an odor of alcohol on the driver’s breath. Due to numerous signs of impairment, the driver was arrested and processed at police headquarters.

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Driving while intoxicated — May 4 — A Capitol Police officer observed a suspect traveling westbound near the Library of Congress, failing to maintain proper lanes. The suspect continued to weave in and out of lanes and almost caused a collision with another vehicle. A traffic stop was conducted, and a background check revealed that the suspect lacked a valid driving permit in Washington, Virginia or Maryland. Due to numerous signs of impairment, the suspect was placed under arrest and taken to police headquarters.

Driving while intoxicated — May 6 —A Capitol Police officer responded to a report of a person passed out behind the wheel of a vehicle near the Smithsonian National Gallery of Art early Sunday morning. Upon arrival, the officer observed the vehicle stopped, facing eastbound in the far left lane. The officer approached the vehicle and observed the suspect in the driver’s seat with his head leaning against the doorjamb, apparently unconscious. The officer also observed the keys to the vehicle in the suspect’s right hand and smelled an odor of alcohol coming from the vehicle. The officer attempted to wake the suspect several times, and when finally successful, the suspect appeared extremely disoriented and unable to follow the officer’s commands. After demonstrating numerous signs of impairment, the suspect was placed under arrest and transported to police headquarters. 

Possession of a prohibited weapon — May 8 — On the afternoon of this Tuesday, a Capitol Police officer working at the south screening facility of the Capitol Visitor Center observed a suspect place an item on the belt of the X-ray machine. An inspection of the X-ray image yielded a spring-loaded knife. The suspect was arrested and taken to police headquarters.

Driving while intoxicated —  May 8 — On the afternoon of this Tuesday, a Capitol Police officer responded to a call of a suspect urinating in public near the Botanic Garden. Upon arrival, the officer observed the suspect’s vehicle parked partially on the curb and the suspect drinking a Budweiser beer while in the driver’s seat with the keys in the ignition. A background check revealed that the suspect’s driving privileges were suspended in North Carolina. The suspect was arrested and transported to police headquarters for processing. 

Lying down on Capitol grounds —  May 11 — A Capitol Police officer observed a suspect lying down on a park bench on this Friday morning. The officer advised the suspect that it was not legal to sleep on Capitol grounds after dusk and before dawn. The suspect refused to stop lying down and was placed under arrest and taken to police headquarters. 

Driving while under the influence — May 11 — On the morning of this Friday, a Capitol Police officer observed a vehicle stop several times near the Capitol Reflecting Pool. The officer then observed the suspect’s passenger open her door and vomit on the street numerous times. A welfare check was conducted, during which time the officer detected an odor of alcohol coming from the suspect’s breath. Due to numerous signs of impairment, the suspect was placed under arrest and taken to police headquarters. 

Unauthorized use of a vehicle — May 16 — On the evening of this Wednesday, a Capitol Police officer observed a vehicle near the Longworth House Office Building that matched the description of a stolen vehicle. A traffic stop was conducted, during which time a background check revealed that the vehicle was listed as stolen in Maryland. The suspect’s driving permit was also suspended in Washington. The suspect was placed under arrest and taken to police headquarters.

Misdemeanor warrant — May 19 — On the morning of this Saturday, a Capitol Police officer removed a suspect from a Metrobus near the Library of Congress due to his making threats to other passengers. A background check revealed an active misdemeanor warrant for failure to appear on a previous charge from D.C. Superior Court. The warrant was confirmed, and the suspect was placed under arrest and transported to police headquarters.

Fugitive from justice — May 20 — On the morning of this Sunday, a suspect approached a Capitol Police officer, stating that an individual had just pointed a gun at him. While officers canvassed the area, the officer conducted a background check on the complainant, which revealed he had two outstanding warrants. The suspect was placed under arrest and taken to police headquarters.