Man arrested at security checkpoint near Capitol with unauthorized credentials, handgun

Man arrested at security checkpoint near Capitol with unauthorized credentials, handgun

His vehicle contained a handgun and ammunition, court records reveal.

His security credential was not authorized, according to court documents.

Wesley Allen Beeler was arrested around 6:30 p.m.at the intersection of E Street NE and 12th Street NE, which is about a mile from the U.S. Capitol.

He presented officials with a credential for the inauguration, but when police cross-checked his name against a list, they found he did not have access to the restricted area. Thus, officers asked if he had weapons in the vehicle.

When police asked Beeler if he was carrying any weapons, Beeler told them he had a Glock semi-automatic pistol in the center armrest, according to the court document, which noted that the gun was loaded.

Beeler's father, Paul Beeler, told the Times in interview that his son was part of a security team working alongside the Capitol Police and the National Guard. A review of Virginia private security licenses by several news organizations, including Law&Crime, revealed an active Private Security Service Registration license for Beeler. Beeler's employer, MVP Protective Services, did not immediately respond to The Federalist's inquiries surrounding details of his credential.

A heavily armed man has been arrested in Washington at a security checkpoint near the US Capitol, where President-elect Joe Biden will be inaugurated next week, authorities said.

Mr. Beeler is not registered to carry the pistol in Washington, D.C., police said in a court filing.

U.S. Capitol Police arrested a CT woman who claimed to be law enforcement officer and fled police on Saturday.

A judge ordered Beeler released on personal recognizance and ordered him to stay away from the District of Columbia.

MaGovern's arrest comes as tensions remain high in Washington, D.C. with law enforcement bracing for potential violence following the January 6 insurrection.

The handgun was reportedly loaded with 17 rounds of ammunition as well as a round positioned within the chamber, ready for use. Ms. Beeler also said that she hadn't been in contact with him since Friday, when he had been headed to work.

"I pulled up to a checkpoint after getting lost in D.C. because I'm a country boy", he said.

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