Police Arrest Man With Hammer at Capitol Visitor Center

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(FeaturedNews.com) – On Friday, an incident at the U.S. Capitol led to the arrest of a man after Capitol Police discovered a hammer in his backpack during a security check. Identified as Christopher Snow, aged 33, the situation escalated when Snow reacted aggressively as his bag was undergoing an X-ray scan at the Capitol Visitor Center. His belligerence arose after an officer, noting the hammer on the screen, moved to conduct a more thorough inspection of the bag.

The confrontation quickly escalated, prompting several officers to intervene in an effort to subdue Snow. During the altercation, Capitol Police were forced to use a Taser to neutralize him and effectuate his arrest, subsequently finding the hammer within his bag.

Captain Andrew Pecher of the Capitol Police commended the officers for their swift and effective response, highlighting their training and readiness in preventing Snow from entering the Capitol building. He praised the initial officer’s vigilance in spotting the hammer and the team’s rapid action in taking the suspect into custody.

Snow is now facing charges of assaulting a police officer in connection to the altercation. This event surfaces amidst a backdrop of increasing threats to members of Congress, as reported by the Capitol Police. Over the past year, more than 8,000 threats were investigated, marking a slight increase from the previous year, though the numbers had seen a slight decrease from 2021. With the anticipation of a politically charged year ahead, including conventions, campaigns, and heated debates, Assistant Chief Ashan Benedict has underscored the department’s commitment to leveraging its full resources for the protection of Congress while continuing to expand its capabilities to meet the demands of its growing responsibilities.

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