Capitol Police have arrested a man on Tuesday afternoon who said he had a delivery for President Obama and a rifle.
Obama was aboard Air Force One at the time of the incident.
According to Politico:
Capitol Police spokeswoman Kimberly Schneider says the man did not make an explicit threat against the president. -- (6:35 p.m.)
More details on Capitol Hill arrest: The man walked up to a "birdcage," one of the Capitol Police guard shacks in the driveway. When challenged for identification, the man was "talking funny," according to a CP officer. Police asked whether he had any weapons, he told them that he had a .22 caliber rifle. -- John Bresnahan (5:56 p.m.)
Capitol police have arrested a man on the Hill who said he had a delivery for President Obama and a rifle. -- Josh Gerstein (5:30 p.m.)
The man drove up to the barricade at about 4 p.m. EST and "told us he had a delivery for President Obama," said Sergeant Kimberly Schneider.
Under questioning, "he admitted to having a rifle" in his truck, prompting officers to arrest him and take him to capitol police headquarters, where charges against him were pending, Schneider told AFP.
Sgt. Kimberly Schneider identified the man as Alfred Brock, 64, of Winnfield, Louisiana. She said Brock was charged with possession of an unregistered firearm and unregistered ammunition.
According to the AP:
Police briefly closed the north driveway to the Capitol grounds while the truck was inspected for hazardous materials. None were found, Schneider said. The pickup was towed away.
Brock appears to be the same Alfred Brock who attended Jena 6 rallies in September 2007, which were held to protest the felony charges filed against six black teenagers after a racially-charged schoolyard fight resulted in the beating of a white student.
Brock reportedly attended the protests with his hands and feet handcuffed, resembling a captured slave.
According to the Minnesota Spokesman-Recorder, Brock told reporters:
"(The Jena 6) is one of sorrow, but then it's not. This had to come about," Brock said. "The Jena 6 are just pawns in the real game of chess. But there are some strong ones behind the pawns that needs to be removed. We can start winning that game of chess by saying that we've got to do better."
No one answered the phone at Brock's home in Winnfield, Louisiana on Tuesday evening.