Secret Service: Two arrested on weapons charges near White House
The Secret Service arrested two people on weapons charges near the White House on Saturday.
A spokesperson for the agency told The Hill that two people approached agents near the intersection of Pennsylvania Avenue and 15th Street NW, where one person disclosed to officers that they had a BB gun and was immediately detained.
The second person was detained after an unregistered pistol and ammunition were located in a nearby vehicle.
“During the course of the encounter and subsequent arrests, the individuals posed no immediate danger to any Secret Service protectee,” the Secret Service said.
A police report provided to The Hill from D.C. Metropolitan Police indicated that the two people approached Secret Service agents declaring that they “were there to meet with the President of the United States and had a letter to deliver to him.”
“On Feb. 13 at approximately 5:24 p.m., two individuals approached U.S. Secret Service Uniformed Division officers near 15th St. NW and Pennsylvania Ave,” a Secret Service spokesperson told The Hill.
“One of the individuals disclosed the possession of a weapon and was immediately detained and the second individual disclosed the location of an additional weapon in a vehicle nearby. Uniformed Division officers located the vehicle and took possession of the weapon. The first individual was arrested for possession of a BB gun and the second individual was arrested for carrying a pistol without a license, possession of an unregistered firearm and possession of unregistered ammunition,” the spokesperson continued.
President Biden was not at the White House during the time of the arrests, having departed Washington for Camp David on Friday.
“We’re going to be up at Camp David for Valentine’s Day,” Biden told reporters, according to Bloomberg, adding he planned to “just hang out with the family and do what we always do” for the weekend.
Updated at 11:20 a.m. to correctly note that the names of the two arrested were not released.