WASHINGTON (AP) — The U.S. Capitol Police on Wednesday arrested a Georgia man who said he had multiple weapons in his van and claimed to be in Washington to deliver documents to the Supreme Court.
Tony H. Payne, 80, of Tunnel Hill, Georgia, was arrested on charges of possessing an unregistered firearm, possessing unregistered ammunition and carrying an unlicensed handgun. His arrest came after police surrounded his van — which officials said was illegally parked — and closed several streets around the Capitol and Supreme Court for hours.
Police said Payne’s van came to their attention shortly before 4 p.m. as a “suspicious vehicle” illegally parked on the Capitol grounds.
Police initially detained Payne and two other people when Payne admitted to having guns in the white van. The other two people were released without charge.
Police found two pistols and a shotgun in the van, authorities said.
The people detained by the police told investigators they were “here to deliver documents to the US Supreme Court,” police said. Investigators conducted an extensive search of the van after finding “a pipe and containers” in it, but the vehicle was eventually cleared.
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