January 17th – On the evening of the 15th local time, a man from Virginia was arrested at a security checkpoint near the U.S. Congress. Police said he was carrying unregistered guns and more than 500 bullets.
The man later told the American media that he drove the car to the restricted area because he got lost, and everything was “pure a misunderstanding”.
According to the U.S. THE Hill newspaper on the 16th, the man named Wesley Allen Beeler was arrested on five charges and subsequently released by the congressional police.
In an interview, he said that he was a contractor of a private securities company. At that time, he was going to be late for work.
He drove his car to the restricted area because he lost his way and was detained at the checkpoint in the Capitol. “I stopped at a checkpoint after getting lost in Washington because I was a ‘country boy,’” Biller said.
Police reported that they found a loaded Glock pistol, 509 rounds, a 17-round Glock magazine and 21 12-caliber shotgun bullets from Biller’s car.
Biller claimed he forgot that he had Glock pistols and ammunition in the car: “I just forgot to take them out of the car.
I don’t know what Washington’s law is, but I’m not a criminal.” So far, Biller’s company has not responded to this matter.
U.S. media pointed out that Biller’s arrest coincided with Washington’s preparations for President-elect Biden’s inauguration. The situation on the ground has continued to be tense since last week’s riots in the U.S. Capitol.
It is expected that about 25,000 National Guard soldiers will arrive in Washington to guarantee Biden’s inauguration.