(FeaturedNews.com) – On Thursday, June 29th, a man was arrested by Federal law enforcement and D.C. police when he was found near former President Barack Obama’s home in Washington, officials have revealed.
The D.C. Metropolitan Police Department (MPD) arrested and charged Taylor Taranto, a 37-year-old from Seattle, as a fugitive from justice. The charge means Taranto had fled from authorities to avoid prosecution for a crime or testifying. However, the specific details of the arrest warrant were not disclosed.
Reporting from multiple outlets have claimed that Taranto’s warrant relates to the January 6th, 2021, insurrection at the U.S. Capitol.
According to MPD, Taranto was apprehended in the 2400 block of Kalorama Road Northwest in D.C. The Kalorama neighborhood is home to the Obama family.
According to reporting by CBS News, Taranto was apprehended after running toward the Obama residence. He was spotted by the Secret Service, causing him to attempt to flee before he could be arrested.
NBC News reported that Taranto had been living in a van in Washington, D.C., while facing a lawsuit brought by the widow of an MPD officer who committed suicide two weeks after the January 6th against him and a co-defendant. The pair attacked the MPD officer during the riot, causing him to suffer a brain injury.
Taranto also allegedly had guns and ammunition in his van, according to reports by ABC News 7.
On Thursday, the MPD explosives disposal team swept the 37-year-old suspect’s van. A spokesperson for the MPD also noted that there wasn’t an active threat to the community, and the incident is under investigation.
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