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Man Arrested For Urinating Near White House Had A Cache Of Weapons In His Car
A man was arrested on the morning of Sept. 22 near the White House after a cache of arms were found in his car, reports CNN. Police reportedly uncovered the stockpile of weapons after encountering the suspect allegedly urinated outside a nearby art gallery and subsequently searching his vehicle.
The man, identified as Timothy Joseph Bates, 37, of Collierville, Tennessee, was stopped by police at 7:15 a.m. near 17th Street and Pennsylvania Avenue — a block from the White House — reportedly told Secret Service Uniformed Division officers that he was in the area to speak with the director of the National Security Agency, Navy Adm. Mike Rogers, and Secretary of Defense James Mattis.
According to an incident report provided to CNN, the man was seeking “advice on missing paychecks and how to get the chip out of my head."
After he admitted to police to possessing multiple weapons in his car — a 2009 Nissan, with Fraternal Order of Police license plates, though it's unclear at this time if the man was known to police — the man agreed to let law enforcement officers search his vehicle.
The search turned up brass knuckles, three knifes, and numerous firearms, as well as suppressors and ammunition. According to The Washington Post weapons included: “a Glock handgun, a Rossi .357, a .40-caliber Smith & Wesson, a Bushmaster M4 assault-style weapon, a Tec-9 with a silencer, an XD-S .45-caliber handgun, a Norinco AK-47, numerous rounds of ammunition, a folding knife, a blackjack and brass knuckles.”
The man was transported to a D.C. facility for “mental observation” and later taken to a local police station, where he was charged with numerous weapons violations.
Seeing as the a fella arrested for going No. 1 outside of the White House wanted to chat with two high-ranking defense officials, it’s possible he may have missed a golden opportunity to chat with the administration’s de facto No. 2 — retired Marine Gen. John Kelly.
According to a Sept. 22 Washington Post report, the White House chief of staff has recently taken to conducting roving patrols of the grounds, where he checks up on Secret Service agents to see if they have what they need — a holdover from his Marine Corps days, no doubt.
Given the excitement of the morning, it’d be interesting to know what Kelly thought of the duty logbook entry that day — and whether or not an unsuspecting 8th and I Marine was put on a working party to clean up the, uh, mess.
As the US sends 1,000 more troops to Middle East, the Pentagon is a rudderless ship caught in a storm
The Pentagon is sending nearly 1,000 more troops to the Middle East as part of an escalating crisis with Iran that defense officials are struggling to explain.
While the U.S. government has publicly blamed Iran for recent attacks on merchant vessels in the Gulf of Oman, not a single U.S. official has provided a shred of proof linking Iran to the explosive devices found on the merchant ships.
At an off-camera briefing on Monday, Navy officials acknowledged that nothing in imagery released by the Pentagon shows Iranian Revolutionary Guards planting limpet mines on ships in the Gulf of Oman.
Investigation shows Lt. Col. in charge of Corps' 1st Recon was fired for alleged 'misconduct' but has not been charged
The Marine lieutenant colonel removed from command of the 1st Reconnaissance Battalion in May was ousted over alleged "misconduct" but has not been charged with a crime, Task & Purpose has learned.
Lt. Col. Francisco Zavala, 42, who was removed from his post by the commanding general of 1st Marine Division on May 7, has since been reassigned to the command element of 1st Marine Expeditionary Force, and a decision on whether he will be charged is "still pending," MEF spokeswoman 1st Lt. Virginia Burger told Task & Purpose last week.
"We are not aware of any ongoing or additional investigations of Lt. Col. Zavala at this time," MEF spokesman 2nd Lt. Brian Tuthill told Task & Purpose on Monday. "The command investigation was closed May 14 and the alleged misconduct concerns Articles 128 and 133 of the UCMJ," Tuthill added, mentioning offenses under military law that deal with assault and conduct unbecoming an officer and gentleman.
"There is a period of due process afforded the accused and he is presumed innocent until proven guilty," he said.
When asked for an explanation for the delay, MEF officials directed Task & Purpose to contact 1st Marine Division officials, who did not respond before deadline.
The investigation of Zavala, completed on May 3 and released to Task & Purpose in response to a Freedom of Information Act request, showed that he had allegedly acted inappropriately. The report also confirmed some details of his wife's account of alleged domestic violence that Task & Purpose first reported last month.
A Marine Raider convicted in a North Carolina court of misdemeanor assault for punching his girlfriend won't spend any time in jail unless he violates the terms of his probation, a court official told Task & Purpose.
On Monday, Staff Sgt. Daniel Christopher Evans received a suspended sentence of 60 days in jail, said Samantha Dooies, an assistant to the New Hanover County District Attorney.
Evans must complete 18 months of unsupervised probation, pay $8,000 in restitution, complete a domestic violence offenders program, and he cannot have any contact with his former girlfriend, Dooies told Task & Purpose. The special operations Marine is also only allowed to have access to firearms though the military while on base or deployed.