Man Arrested and Charged After Crashing U-Haul Near White House, Nazi Flag Reportedly Found at Scene

The 19-year-old suspect was arrested and faces charges including threatening to kill the president.

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A 19-year-old Missouri man has been arrested after “intentionally” crashing a truck into security barriers near the White House on Monday night, officials said.

At around 9:40 p.m., according to a public statement from United States Park Police, officers from the agency and the United States Secret Service Uniform Division both arrived at the 1600 block of H Street NW outside Lafayette Park.

While a prior statement from Secret Service Chief of Communications Anthony Guglielmi had noted that both the “cause and manner” of the crash had not yet been determined, updates issued hours later added that it appeared the driver had “intentionally struck” the barriers.

The suspect, identified as 19-year-old Sai Varshith Kandula of Chesterfield, was arrested at the scene. He is now facing charges including assault with a dangerous weapon, reckless operation of a motor vehicle, threatening to kill/kidnap/inflict harm on a president, vice president, or family member, destruction of federal property, and trespassing.

Though not mentioned in statements from police or the Secret Service, subsequent reports on the crash—including this one from Reuters—reveal that a Nazi flag was found and seized at the scene. Per that report, a witness at the scene of the crash was cited as saying that the flag, which was emblazoned with a swastika, “apparently came from inside the truck.”

Furthermore, the vehicle is revealed in reported footage to have been a rented U-Haul truck.

At the time of this writing, the White House had not issued a public statement on the incident.

Complex has reached out to U.S, Park Police for more info. This story may be updated.

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