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Police arrest man with swastikas and machete in D.C.

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Capitol Police say they’ve arrested a man in Virginia for having swastikas and a machete on his truck parked next to the Washington Convention Center.

Capitol Police also say the man was carrying two firearms, two baggies containing chemicals and a bottle of alcohol.

No threats were made against the DNC, Police Chief Matthew Verderosa said at a press conference Tuesday night.

Police received a call that two men were seen in a vehicle near the convention center around 3:40 p.m. Tuesday with a large machete and a swastika spray painted on the roof. The man also had a shotgun, which he took from the truck while showing it to officers.

No injuries were reported.

Washington Mayor Muriel Bowser, in a statement, said the incident “deeply disturbed” her.

“The District of Columbia is a diverse, hospitable, and compassionate city, and to the best of my knowledge, there have been no credible threats against our hosting this year’s convention. I pray the events of today are not indicative of the true character of our city,” she said.

The District of Columbia will host the Democratic National Convention from July 25 to July 28.

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